H. R. 3589
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 27, 2019
Mr. Thompson of California (for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, and Mr. Graves of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Greg LeMond, in recognition of his service to the Nation as an athlete, activist, role model, and community leader.
This Act may be cited as the
Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal Act.
The Congress finds the following:
Gregory James “Greg” LeMond was born in Lakewood, California, on June 26, 1961.
Greg began cycling at the age of 14, winning an astonishing 11 straight races to begin his career.
Greg took home a full suite of medals at the 1979 Junior World Championships, including gold, silver, and bronze, emerging victorious in the road race and placing in both team and track pursuit events.
At age 18, Greg became the youngest cyclist in the history of the sport to be selected for the United States Men’s Olympic team.
Greg emerged victorious in the 1980 Circuit de la Sarthe, becoming the first American in history and the youngest rider ever to win a major pro-am cycling event on the European continent.
At age 19, Greg signed his first professional contract.
In 1982, Greg made the first of several remarkable recoveries, returning from a broken collarbone to win the silver medal at the world championships in Great Britain.
The Tour de France, the world’s preeminent cycling competition, was first held over a century ago, in 1903.
The Tour de France takes place over 23 days, covering an extraordinary 2,200 miles, winding through multiple mountain ranges, spanning multiple nations, and is viewed as comparable to running a marathon every day for three consecutive weeks.
Greg first competed in the Tour de France in 1984, finishing third, and finishing second the following year, in both years deputizing himself to his teammates, sacrificing a chance to win himself to boost his teammates toward victory.
Greg emerged victorious in the 1986 Tour de France, ascending the fabled Alpe D’Huez, defeating the field by more than three full minutes, becoming the first American and the first non-European to win cycling’s most prestigious race.
In 1987, while recovering from a broken wrist and collarbone, Greg was tragically shot during a turkey hunting accident, leaving him in intensive care, requiring the removal of over 40 shotgun pellets from his abdomen, was deemed unlikely to ever ride a bicycle again, and likely survived only due to the abnormal strength of his cardiovascular system.
Greg mounted the greatest comeback in the history of American sports, taking home an astonishing victory at the 1989 Tour de France, following multiple surgeries, life-threatening gunshot wounds, tendon repair, and an appendectomy, winning by eight seconds in the closest finish in the history of the Tour de France.
Greg would win a third Tour de France victory in 1990.
Greg is the only American to win the Tour de France.
Greg has vocally spoken out to champion healthy sport amongst athletes of all ages and competition levels.
Greg and his wife, Kathy, are active in numerous nonprofit causes, including healthy sport, assisting victims of sexual abuse and various childhood illnesses.
Cycling offers young people a healthy, active, outdoor hobby.
Greg completed his professional career having won two World Championships, three Tour de France championships, and twenty-two titles overall.
More than any other cyclist, Greg personified the
breakaway culture of American cycling in the 1970s and 80s, viewed universally as the epitome of a young person on a bicycle, attempting to accomplish feats no other American had achieved.
Greg has not only reached the pinnacle of international sport, but has devoted his time and resources to assisting his fellow athletes.
Greg has demonstrated the commitment to excellence, generosity, community, and tenacity that makes him an example for all to follow.
Congressional gold medal
The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to Greg LeMond, in recognition of his contributions to the Nation as an athlete, activist, role model, and community leader.
Design and striking
For purposes of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (referred to in this Act as the
Secretary) shall strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 3 under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to cover the cost thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.
Status of medals
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.