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Nine years late, American shot putter gets gold-medal moment

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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Adam Nelson was awarded the 2004 Olympic gold medal after his Ukrainian rival was disqualified for doping. (USATSI)

American shot putter Adam Nelson finally gets his gold-medal moment Sunday.

Nelson, 37 and retired from competition, won silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but the Ukrainian gold-medal winner was disqualified recently for doping. At the U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines on Sunday, Nelson will be honored with a gold-medal ceremony.

He'll stand on the top step of the podium, hear the national anthem played in his honor and take a victory lap, the Associated Press reports.

“I don't think anything can compare to getting gold in that setting in Athens. That was a unique opportunity on top of a unique opportunity," Nelson told the AP. "But what they're doing for me is awesome.

"To have my family and kids here to enjoy it, that will make it even more special to me. It's going to be powerful."

His two young daughters are “old enough to understand what's going on,” he added. That's my favorite part of this moment. This is almost like a lifetime achievement award. This is a capstone of my career."

 
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