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olympic medal on its way to switzerland

Lance Armstrong has finally returned his Sydney 2000 Olympic bronze medal to the International Olympic Committee after nine months of foot dragging.

Armstrong's spokesman Mark Higgins handed off the bronze metal to USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun at the Dallas-Forth Worth airport on Thursday.

Several days ago IOC Vice President Thomas Bach reiterated that Armstrong had not yet complied with their request that he return the medal.  He told reporters, "What we are lacking, sadly, is just getting back the medal."  It was enough of a nudge to move Lance Armstrong beyond the nearly year-long stalemate.

The athlete hit Twitter yesterday to provide this status report to his nearly 4 million followers:

going back to switzerland

The IOC vacated the medal Armstrong won in January, right around the time the disgraced cyclist sat down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss his fall from grace.

He was also stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency determined he led a massive doping program and cover up on his teams.  He was also banned for life from elite sports.

In defiance, he posted this image on Twitter that was captioned, "Back in Austin and just layin' around."

just layin around

Photos:  Twitter-Lance Armstrong, Video Screen Grabs

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Lance Armstrong has purchased a new home in the gated community of Rob Roy overlooking Lake Austin for $4,300,000, just a week after news that he sold his longtime Austin residence.

Armstrong's new 5 bedroom home sits on 3.6 acres on the banks of Lake Austin, and was recently featured in Architectural Digest.

Four separate structures comprise a 12,500 square-foot compound designed by local architect Arthur Anderson. Features include a sports court, a home theater and an art studio.

source: Curbed

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lance armstrong nixes dwts

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong recently lost $150 million in future endorsement deals but he isn't so broke that he's feeling compelled to sign on to the spring season of 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong turned down an offer by the ABC reality dance competition, according to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive report.

He was one of the "big get" celebrities that is high on the networks list of potential competitors.  It was recently revealed that Lindsay Lohan turned down $550K for the same opportunity that failed to entice the fallen athlete.

His spokesperson confirmed, "Lance has been offered the show each and every year since its inception.  Although flattered he has passed on their generous offers."

The new season of 'DWTS' premieres on March 18.

Photos:  WENN

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bradley cooper and lance armstrong

'Hangover' star Bradley Cooper is noting his interest in playing Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic.

Cooper spoke with BBC about the controversial cyclist and his desire to take on the leading role in the film, "I would be interested in that.  I think he's fascinating.  What a fascinating character."

Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot are coming together to start a movie project based on New York Times reporter Juliet Macur's forthcoming book: 'Cycles of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.'

This isn't the first time Cooper has been interested in a role as Armstrong, "I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago.  I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating."

Other names being thrown around include Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale.

Last week Armstrong came clean to Oprah Winfrey, admitting for the first time that he used banned drugs and blood doping during all of his seven Tour de France titles.  More on that interview here.

Which actor would you like to see tackle the role?

Photo Credit:  WENN

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nike plus human race austin 2008

In the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong confessions to Oprah last week in a two-part OWN exclusive, his pal Matthew McConaughey is speaking out.

During his premiere of 'Mud' at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the 43-year-old actor talked about his good friend and fellow Texas native, "My first reaction was I was pissed off.  I was mad.  Then I got kind of sad for him.  First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have."

Then he thought about it for a while and decided to cut Armstrong some slack, "What was he supposed to do?  Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.'  Then I would have really had a reason to be pissed off at him, going, 'You want me to walk around holding this?'"

The actor is actually rooting for the disgraced athlete, "Where I am now is I've put myself out of the way and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to reenter this new chapter of his life.  He is now a truly free man without the weight he had on his shoulders, without the boogie man under the bed, the skeleton in the closet that he's carried for 14 years.  Fourteen years he lied and carried the lie with him."

He quoted Oprah, "She said 'the truth shall set you free,' but she forgot one part.  It's miserable in the beginning.  And it's going to be miserable.  But he's looking it in the eye, and he'll handle it.  He'll deal.  And he's ready for how hard it's going to be to deal."

Two months ago Armstrong posted a provocative image on his Twitter page featuring himself lounging on a sofa with his seven Tour de France yellow race shirts framed in the background.  He captioned it, "Back in Austin and just layin' around."  When Winfrey asked him what he was thinking, he grimaced and said, "I actually thought it was a good idea at the time."

lance with his tour shirts on display

Photo:  Twitter-Armstrong, Video Screen Grab - Nike + Human Race Austin 2008

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oprah winfrey and lance armstrong interview

Oprah Winfrey began her interview with former cycling legend Lance Armstrong with a barrage of Yes and No questions that he answered without flinching.

Armstrong admitted to the OWN mogul that he took a long list of banned substances to enhance his cycling performances beginning in the mid-90's, long before his record breaking seven Tour de France wins.  His "cocktail" of choice was testosterone, EPO and blood transfusions to boost his own blood.

Oprah suggested he was coming forward because he hoped to compete in the future.  Armstrong nixed that idea but claims he doesn't have a great answer about why he has decided to admit he lied, saying "this is too late."

Lance discounted the IOC assessment that he ran a "sophisticated doping operation." He said, "I viewed it as very simple, very conservative. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs, for lack of a better word, that were incredibly beneficial for endurance sports. And that's all you needed."

Was he afraid of getting caught? "No."  Did it feel wrong? "No."  Did it feel like cheating? "No."  He suggested that doping practices were so rampant in the sport that he "viewed it a a level playing field."  When pressed by O he refused to implicate anyone other than himself.

His former team mate Tyler Hamilton wrote a book, 'The Secret Race,' in which he alleged that Armstrong had a positive blood test during the 2001 Tour de Suisse and paid off a lab and the UCI with a generous donation.  Armstrong told Winfrey that the $1 million check was not hush money.  Friday morning during to TODAY interview with Matt Lauer, Hamilton stood by his original claim ... which would imply that Armstrong is still lying.

The disgraced athlete claims he never forced his teammates to participate in doping but did acknowledge that he was a full blown bully who led by example.  He believes his biggest mistake was his 2009 comeback, a decision that sparked a renewed effort on several fronts to unravel his doping scheme.

Part-two of Oprah's exclusive interview airs Friday, Jan. 19, on OWN TV.  Check out Armstrong's major admissions below:

Photo Credit:  WENN

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olympic committee wants their bronze medal back

Lance Armstrong will appear in the first of a two-part Oprah interview on OWN Thursday evening to admit to his doping sins.  By no small coincide, the International Olympic Committee picked this date to strip the disgraced athlete of his 2000 Sydney Games bronze medal.

In October the International Cycling Union wiped out all of Armstrong's Tour de France titles and demanded their medals back.

In the case of the IOC, spokesman Mark Adams said this morning, "We have written to Armstrong asking him to return the medal and have informed the U.S. Olympic Committee."

The decision was made "in principle" at a meeting of the IOC executive board in December.  The decision came after confirmation from the International Cycling Union that Armstrong would not file an appeal over the agency ruling.

In a CBS interview conducted with Oprah after her sit down with Armstrong, she said, "I would say that he did not come clean in the manner that I expected... I walked into the room with 112 questions and in a 2-1/2 hour interview I feel that he answered those questions in a way that left me satisfied.  He certainly met the moment."

the armstrong interview airs thursday and friday

Check out what Oprah had to say about the interview in a sneak peek below:

Photos:  WENN, inset Video Screen Grab

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oprah 2005 sit down had a different tone

Dethroned athlete Lance Armstrong has agreed to an exclusive interview with Oprah to discuss the doping scandal that brought his personal empire tumbling down.

The former professional cyclist will appear during a 90-minute episode of Oprah's Next Chapter on January 17 at 9/8c on OWN that is being dubbed as a "no-holds-barred" discussion of his monumental fall from grace.

The seven-time Tour de France winner has remained silent since he was stripped of his titles and dropped from endorsement deals worth millions in the wake of a drug scandal brought forward by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Besides a lifetime ban from competing professionally, Armstrong was pressured to resign from his Live Strong Foundation or risk the loss of sponsorship for a cause he holds near and dear to his heart.

Lance first sat down with Oprah in 2005 during an Oprah Winfrey Show segment to discuss his battle with testicular cancer and the Livestrong campaign.

Photos:  WENN-Video Screen Shots

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rupert murdoch wants his money back plus interest

Billionaire media mogul and Sun Times owner Rupert Murdoch is suing fallen sports hero Lance Armstrong in order to recoup the nearly $500,000 libel settlement, plus interest, that was paid out in 2006.

The former LIVESTRONG executive and his legal team sued the Times for reprinting claims from a book that Armstrong had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

Murdoch's legal team quietly launched a new suit last week seeking $1.6 million as compensation for a court decision that they now believe was unfair based on the recent findings of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The Sun Times stated in a letter to Armstrong's lawyers: "It is clear that the proceedings were baseless and fraudulent.  Your representations that you had never taken performance-enhancing drugs were deliberately false."

In August Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from competitive cycling for life.

He has not yet publicly acknowledged the new litigation.

Photos:  WENN

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lance armstrong steps down as livestrong chairman

The fallout from the doping scandal continues for Lance Armstrong.  He has stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity and Nike has terminated his contract.

Armstrong announced, "To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship."

It appears the mega brand was instrumental in Armstrong's decision to resign his position at the helm of the foundation he created to bring worldwide attention to the battle against cancer.

Nike released this statement: "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him.  Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner."

"Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."

Photo:  WENN

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