Athens relay team's medal in jeopardy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The IOC opened a formal investigation Sunday into a doping case that could lead to the stripping of gold medals from a U.S. women's relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee executive board set up a disciplinary commission into the case of Crystal Cox, who ran in the preliminaries of the winning 4x400 team in Athens.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said late last month that Cox had admitted to using anabolic steroids and accepted a four-year suspension and disqualification of her results from 2001 to 2004.

IOC vice president Thomas Bach said he will lead a three-man panel into the case. Such a process previously has led the IOC to remove national relay teams of medals retroactively - including three U.S. teams from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Under international rules, an entire relay team can be disqualified because of the doping of one member, even an alternate. Russia would move from silver to gold in the 2004 relay if the U.S. team were disqualified. Jamaica was third.

Sanya Richards, Dee Dee Trotter, Monique Henderson and Monique Hennegan, a Columbia native, ran in the Athens final. Moushaumi Robinson joined Cox in the preliminary heat.

Calgary rivals Witt, Manley reunite. As Katarina Witt took the ice in blue jeans and a brown jacket, Elizabeth Manley playfully sank to her knees and did several "I'm Not Worthy" bows in the direction of her former rival.

Some 22 years since competing at the Calgary Games, and with the Winter Olympics back on Canadian soil, the two figure skaters turned television broadcasters were reunited Sunday on the ice of a small outdoor rink in downtown Vancouver.

"This brings back great memories," Manley said. "And just to be here with Katarina, it's great. It makes us feel young again; it's wonderful."

In 1988, Witt, of Germany, won her second consecutive gold medal by nudging out the Canadian Manley. But with no medals on the line Sunday, Witt and Manley had simple objectives for their 15-minute performance in front of a crowd of about 1,000.

"I hope I don't fall," Manley said, laughing, as she broke into a near-perfect spin.

Lee reinstated to IOC. Convicted ex-Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee was reinstated as a full member of the International Olympic Committee, a boost for South Korea's bid to host the 2018 Winter Games.

Lee's rights were restored by the IOC executive board following a recommendation of the ethics commission, several IOC officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced.