British athletes are looking for some help after two medals were stolen from a London night club early Wednesday morning while the team was out celebrating after a reception with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Men’s eight rower Alex Partridge left his bronze in the special pocket of his Olympic blazer designed to carry his medal and went to dance. When he returned he quickly realized the jacket was gone, but figured a teammate must have grabbed it by mistake.
Security footage instead showed an unknown man lifting the blazer and leaving the scene. Partridge’s jacket was returned to a northwest London police station Thursday morning, sans medal.
Field hockey star Hannah Macleod’s luck hasn’t been any better after her London bronze was also stolen.
Macleod posted a photo from the Mahiki club’s security footage on Twitter, asking “Does anyone know this man?” The good citizens of England have retweeted it more than 17,000 times and offered their support in response to the theft.
“I’m absolutely gutted that my Olympic bronze medal has been stolen,” Macleod said in a statement. “Winning it in August was an incredible highlight for me, and for this to have happened is simply shattering.”
Macleod wanted to make sure she didn’t officially accuse the person in the photo, but (fingers crossed) the police may already have their man: a 29-year-old was arrested in London Thursday and is being questioned regarding the incident.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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