Armstrong returns Olympic bronze medal

Lance Armstrong has returned the bronze medal he won in the individual time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Armstrong said Thursday the medal was back in the possession of the United States Olympic Committee and USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky confirmed the organization had received it and made arrangements for it to be returned to the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC had stripped Armstrong of the medal last December after the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency disqualified all of the cyclist's results from 1998 onward following an investigation that detailed the seven-time Tour de France winner's doping activities as a member of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.

After long denying the doping allegations against him, Armstrong came clean in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January.

He was stripped last year of the seven straight Tour de France titles he won between 1999 and 2005.

Sandusky said on Twitter that Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins handed over the 2000 medal to USOC CEO Scott Blackmun at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday. Blackmun was on his way back from the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received the medal during a layover, according to Sandusky.