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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President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29:  U.S. President Barack Obam (R) is presented with a Team USA surfboard by Olympian Simone Biles (2nd L) as first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on during an East Room event at the White House September 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to honor their participation and success in the Rio Olympic Games this year.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: