Valerie Adams seeks her Olympic gold medal at IOC

Associated Press Modified: August 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm •  Published: August 23, 2012
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Valerie Adams is the only champion from the London Olympics who never received a gold medal — and she's going to see about that Friday.

The shot put winner said Thursday she will hand over her silver at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, and find out about getting the gold that was taken by disgraced rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

Ostapchuk tested positive for a banned steroid and was disqualified in the biggest doping scandal at the London Games.

However, the Belarus athlete has pledged to appeal, making Adams wait for her prize.

"I don't care what she does. I'm giving back my silver medal to get the gold," Adams told reporters after winning her event at the Athletissima Diamond League event, close by the IOC offices.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride for me since London. It's been not the easiest," the 27-year-old New Zealander acknowledged.

Adams went to the Olympics strongly favored to defend her title, and as a three-time world champion.

Yet Ostapchuk upset the form book beating Adams. Ostapchuk has denied that her performance was enhanced by drugs.

"A lot of people asked a lot of questions of her," Adams said Thursday, her pleasure in victory mixed with obvious frustration at Ostapchuk's behavior. "She can appeal as much as she wants. I don't want to waste any more breath or time on her.

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