A spokesperson for The International Olympic Committee announced that Las Vegas local Isabelle McIntire will be stripped of her medals on grounds of moral turpitude.
by Scott Montgomery | Las Vegas Tribune
Hans Gruber, spokesman for The International Olympic Committee, announced yesterday that the IOC was going ahead with plans to strip Isabelle McIntire of her gold medals after discovering that she is an exotic dancer at a local gentlemen’s club.
The IOC has complete authority to strip Olympians of their medals. In the past, medals have been stripped as the result of doping or exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. However, it is not unheard of for the IOC to strip an Olympian of their medal for something else.
In 1968, the entire Pentathlon team from Sweden were stripped of its medals because athlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was disqualified for drinking two beers before his pistol shooting event. In 1972, swimmer Rick DeMont was stripped of his medal after testing positive for a prohibited substance present in a prescription asthma medication.
McIntire, who won a gold medal in Taekwondo and Gymnastics in last year’s Summer Olympics, was outraged.
“This decision is ludicrous.” McIntire’s legal representative Janice Caulder told this reporter. “My client has never used her successes in any sporting competitions to promote herself. She has won numerous awards solely on the merits of her dancing, most recently the Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year Award in June’s Exotic Dancer’s Awards for the second time in her career.”
McIntire’s only comment was this: “The Committee is in the wrong here and I’ll fight their decision to the bitter end.”
There have been unconfirmed rumors that McIntire might be headed to Hollywood to star in a reboot of the 1990s Lady Dragon film franchise. McIntire’s agent declined to comment.