Armstrong, others may now lose Olympic medals

The International Olympic Committee is looking into the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's case against Lance Armstrong to see if there is enough evidence to open an investigation that could result in the stripping of Olympic medals.

Bronze medals won by Armstrong in 2000 and former teammate Levi Leipheimer in 2008 could come under scrutiny following USADA's report exposing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

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The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it was reviewing the 200-page report "together will all related documentation."

"It would be premature at this stage to say whether the IOC is contemplating any action," spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said in an email. "Should we come across any evidence that would justify opening a disciplinary procedure, we would of course act accordingly."

USADA issued the report Wednesday explaining its reasons for stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him for life from Olympic sports. The report, which included witness testimony from 11 former teammates, accused Armstrong of cheating through the use of EPO, blood doping and other drugs and pushing his teammates to do the same.

Leipheimer, among the cyclists who testified against Armstrong, also confessed to doping. He was provisionally suspended Thursday by his Belgium-based Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team.

Leipheimer was Armstrong's teammate for five years with the U.S. Postal, Astana and RadioShack teams.

Armstrong won the time trial bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Leipheimer won bronze in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Games.

"It has been the policy in the past wherever there was enough information to proceed we would proceed," IOC executive board member Denis Oswald of Switzerland said. "All cases which have been now established will be reviewed."

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