Demetrius Pinder

Track athlete’s 2012 Olympic gold medal reported stolen from his car

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A 2012 Olympic gold medal won by Bahamian 400-meter runner Demetrius Pinder was reported stolen Wednesday, Bradenton, Fla., police confirmed.

Pinder’s gold from the 4×400 relay was stolen from “the center console” inside his car in Bradenton, first reported by the Bradenton Herald.

“I always carry my medal around with me,” Pinder said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. “(Tuesday) night, I left it inside of my truck. Woke up the next morning, and it was gone.”

Pinder said there was no sign of forced entry into a Dodge Ram that Pinder said he always locks.

“People have needles, new technology to get inside of cars without breaking in,” he said.

Pinder said he’s looking into requesting a replacement medal, but “it will never be the original.”

Pinder was emotional talking about what the medal meant to him, mentioning his sister who died of a heart attack shortly before the London Olympics.

“It was really me doing it for my sister,” he said of winning gold with the Bahamas, the first nation to beat the U.S. in the 4×400 Olympic final in 60 yaers. “Most of that medal is emotions, you know.”

The medal was valued at $42,000, according to the Bradenton Herald report.

“I’m heartbroken,” he said. “I’d do anything to get that medal back. The person doesn’t have to show their face.”

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Ryan Lochte: Katie Ledecky beats me in practice

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We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.

One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.

Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.

“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?

When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).

Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.

“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”

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Jennie Finch to manage baseball team for one day

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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.

Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.

Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.

Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.

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Looking fwd to guest managing the Bridgeport Bluefish this Sunday! ⚾️ #Baseball #BridgeportBluefish

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