The Australian Olympic Committee today presented cyclist Michael Rogers with a bronze medal from the Olympic Games Athens 2004 during a ceremony at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne.
IOC Vice-President and President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates awarded the medal to Rogers in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) President Brian Cookson. Rogers was bumped up from fourth to third place in the men’s individual time trial, following the disqualification of American rider Tyler Hamilton in 2012.
“I was the Chef de Mission at three of the four Olympic Games that Michael participated in for Australia, so I am very proud,” said AOC President Coates. “Michael raced in every Olympic competition from 2000 to 2012 … and was the world champion in the time trial in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He is a great credit to Australia and a great credit to the sport of cycling.”
Rogers said: “What a great honour. When I reminisce about that day 11 years ago in Athens, my first reaction is that of a smile. This bronze medal gives me great satisfaction and adds something tangible to my great memories.”
The formal ceremony, held at the IOC headquarters at the request of the AOC, is in line with Recommendation 17 of Olympic Agenda 2020, which aims to honour clean athletes who are awarded an Olympic medal following a doping case.