Lance to skip Olympic Games?

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 8, 2004)--USA Cycling today learned through news reports emanating from the Tour de France that Lance Armstrong is quoted as saying he has decided to not participate in the Olympic Games. USA Cycling has not received an official notification from Armstrong and won’t take any action to replace him if and until he officially resigns his position on the Olympic Team.

“This comes as a surprise to USA Cycling and there is disappointment as Lance is one of those rare athletes who has the chance to win an Olympic medal every time he lines up for a race,” said Gerard Bisceglia, USA Cycling chief executive officer. “However, if that is Lance’s final decision, we fully respect and support him and appreciate the fact that he gave us plenty of notice to consider the best possible athlete to take his place on the Olympic Team.

“If Lance decides to not compete in Athens, we will certainly miss him but we are very fortunate that we have great depth of American talent as is witnessed by looking at the overall standings in the Tour de France right now. I trust and believe we will still have one of the strongest men’s road teams in Athens.”

If Armstrong resigns his Olympic Team position, his replacement will be selected by the Olympic Team cycling coaches through discretionary nomination, which must be approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The final Olympic team roster must be submitted by July 21 to the Athens Olympic Organizing Committee.

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