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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Paralympic swimmer disqualified for Olympic rings tattoo

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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.

Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”

Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.

If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.

It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.

At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.

An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.

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Missy Franklin reads emotional letter to parents (video)

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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.

It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.

Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.

Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.

VIDEO: Franklin revisits ‘biggest sacrifice’ in GoPro series finale