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Olympic volleyball player’s gold medal stolen in Anaheim



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Eventually summer time’s Olympics in Tokyo, the U.S. ladies’s volleyball workforce celebrated a historic victory over Brazil, successful gold medals for the primary time.

Lower than 10 months later, a type of gold medals is lacking after it was stolen from Olympian Jordyn Poulter’s parked automotive in Anaheim, the place the workforce trains.

She instructed police that she had parked her automotive in her storage on Wednesday afternoon and went inside to take a name, leaving the automotive unlocked and the storage open. When she got here again later, she noticed that somebody had rummaged by way of the automotive and opened the middle console, taking a bag the place she had her passport and her medal.

“A gold medal, that’s a troublesome one,” Poulter told reporters on Friday on the workforce’s coaching gymnasium in Anaheim.

Poulter, a 24-year-old who performs setter, stated her preliminary response was considering, “Why didn’t I shut the storage door?”

“It’s simply an unlucky bummer,” stated Poulter, who’s initially from Aurora, Colo.

She stated she retains the medal along with her to point out to family and friends, or to folks she meets who ask to see it.

“It’s not pure gold, so if you happen to attempt to soften it down, it’s not going to get you very far,” Poulter stated. “The within is product of recycled pc components after which plated. So it’s not price a lot in that sense.”

Karch Kiraly, the coach of the Olympic workforce, stated the gold medal might in concept get replaced, however it will be a lot simpler if the one who took it will “out of the goodness of their coronary heart” perceive its significance and return it.

“There’s not a ton of worth in there. And the large quantity of worth is all it represents on this workforce and all it went by way of to win a type of, and in Jordan and her profession, and all the hassle she put in,” Kiraly stated. “The worth lies within the expertise and the numerous hours that anyone places in to assist a workforce win a type of.”

If somebody involves the Anaheim police to return the medal, Kiraly stated, there could be “no questions requested, no penalties.”

“We’re simply preserving fingers crossed,” he stated. “We’re preserving our hopes up.”

Kiraly identified that in one other latest case, Paralympian Jen Yung Lee recovered three gold medals after they had been snatched in a automotive break-in in San Antonio.

The Anaheim Police Division is asking the general public to get in contact with any suggestions, pictures or surveillance video footage. The theft occurred on the 1500 block of East Lincoln Avenue.

“Our huge factor is we wish to ensure that Jordyn will get her medal again,” Sgt. Jacob Gallacher stated. “That medal represents many, a few years of blood, sweat, tears and arduous work, and it has a number of worth to her personally.”

Police are additionally checking pawn retailers and on-line websites the place somebody may attempt to promote the medal, Gallacher stated. Anybody who has info to share can contact police or Orange County Crime Stoppers, which accepts nameless suggestions, at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227).