The International Olympic Committee formally stripped cyclist Tyler Hamilton of the gold medal he won in the 2004 Olympic Games just days before the eight year time limit for changing medals expires. Hamilton wrote to the I.O.C. roughly seven weeks ago to ask that his name be withdrawn from the record books.
"I very much appreciate that you have expressed regret for having used performance enhancing drugs and that you hope that, through your example and future efforts, this will discourage others from using performance enhancing drugs," I.O.C. President Jacques Rogge wrote in a return letter to Hamilton recently posted online by the New York Daily News.