January 17, 2013
Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong at the Rocky Hill Roundup     Photo: austincameraguy/Flickr

Armstrong Whistleblower Lawsuit Reveals USA Cycling Financial Ties

While IOC strips Armstrong of bronze

And for your daily dose of Lance news: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially stripped Lance Armstrong of his road time trial medal from the 2000 Olympic Games. The IOC has asked the disgraced cyclist to return the medal.

Rather than awarding his medal to the fourth-place finisher, Abraham Olano Manzano, the IOC plans to leave Armstrong's spot vacant. The decision is a departure from the IOC's stance in August, when the committee awarded Tyler Hamilton's 2004 gold to Vyacheslav Ekimov following the former's doping confession. The IOC is currently deciding whether to strip Levi Leipheimer, who also confessed to doping in his testimony to USADA, of the time-trial bronze that he won at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Floyd Landis' 30-page whistleblower lawsuit was also released today:

The suit also raises disturbing questions about the links between Weisel, the wealthy banker who founded Armstrong’s team, and officials of USA Cycling, the parent organization of the sport’s governing body in the United States.

The suit says USA Cycling executives Steve Johnson and Jim Ochowicz had financial ties with Weisel’s investment bank, as well as Tailwind Sports and Capital Sports and Entertainment, corporate entities controlled by Weisel and Armstrong. Ochowicz, the president of USA Cycling’s board from 2002 to 2008, was also a broker at Weisel’s investment bank.

Armstrong is widely expected to confess to doping in a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey, the first segment of which will air tonight.

Read our ongoing coverage of the Lance Armstrong confession.

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The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.     Photo: Miguel Vieira/Flickr

AT Hiker Found Dead in Trail Shelter

Cause of death unknown

A hiker in his fifties was found dead on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky National Park on Wednesday. Rangers found his body in the Triknob Corner Shelter near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

According to a friend, the hiker had been traveling from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap, a distance of about 30 miles. When he didn't arrive, the friend notified the police.

The park will not release the man's identity until they have notified his family, but there is no indication of foul play.

Via The Charlotte Observer

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A skier in an avalanche.     Photo: Andrew Arseev/Shutterstock

Utah Woman Describes Surviving Avalanche

Revived by her boyfriend

Elisabeth Malloy, a 43-year-old Utah skier, was swallowed up by an avalanche on Sunday, but lived to tell the tale thanks to avy preparation, cool thinking, and the quick reactions of her ski partner and rescue services.

While skiing in the mountains east of Salt Lake with her boyfriend, 30-year-old Adam Morrey, Malloy triggered a 700-foot-wide avalanche, which engulfed them both.

Malloy said it felt like a water slide as she slid face first on her stomach down the mountain in the avalanche. She meditated, breathed slowly, and told herself that it wasn't her time to die during the few minutes before she lost consciousness while buried about 18 inches into the snow.

"It was surreal, as quiet and as embryonic without being water that I could imagine," said Malloy, a pediatric nurse. "I had this feeling that I was going to be fine."

Morrey, only buried up to his waist, was able to locate Malloy using the beacons they were both wearing. He managed to dig her out using an avalanche shovel and perform CPR. Another skier came upon the couple and put out a call to initiate a rescue. He then helped them ski down the mountain, where a rescue helicopter then spotted them within two-and-a-half hours.

“Our judgment was overwhelmed by the pursuit of having more fun and skiing the steeper slopes and the great Utah powder,” Morrey said.

Malloy, who suffered hypothermia and frostbite on her fingers and toes, plans to keep skiing, saying, “It’s who I am.”

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