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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American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.

Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.

When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.

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Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.

Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”

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