Cyclist Surrenders Gold Medal Over Doping

Tyler Hamilton gives it up; Lance Armstrong still denying
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 2:17 PM CDT
In this 2004 photo, Tyler Hamilton holds his Olympic gold medal. He has surrendered it after admitting to doping.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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(Newser) – Congratulations, Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia. It looks like you've won the gold medal in cycling at the 2004 Olympics. The US cyclist originally awarded the medal, Tyler Hamilton, surrendered it last week and has admitted to doping, reports Bloomberg. Hamilton also is making headlines by accusing former Tour de France teammate Lance Armstrong of doping as well.

Armstrong, who previously had been accused by teammate Floyd Landis, continues to deny the allegations. If he's proven to be a liar, it's more than just a matter of handing in old trophies, notes the New York Times. Under a case now being investigated by a federal grand jury, he could face charges of fraud, money laundering, corruption, and drug trafficking. (Read more Lance Armstrong stories.)

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