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First Olympic curling gold medal stolen from museum

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Two Olympic curling gold medals, including one from the first Olympic curling competition in 1924, were stolen from a Scottish museum Wednesday night.

“A number of very rare artifacts have been stolen,” said David Lockwood, manager of Dumfries Museum, in a press release. “This includes a silver casket, local curling club medals and Olympic gold medals from the 1924 Winter Games and the 2002 Winter Games. The Provost of Maxwelltown chain has also been stolen in the break in.”

The 1924 gold medal, from the first Winter Games in Chamonix, France, belonged to British skip Willie Jackson. Jackson’s rink clubbed the competition in 1924, 38-7 and 46-4 in 18-end games. Olympic curling games are now 10 ends. Jackson died in 1955 at age 84.

The 2002 gold medal belonged to British skip Rhona Martin.

The museum is currently closed, and Scottish police are investigating.

“We are at a very early stage of the investigation, and the items stolen are still to be confirmed, however it includes four curling club medals and two Olympic medals,” chief inspector Steven Lowther said, according to British and Scottish reports. “We are keen to trace the three individuals seen running away from the museum around this time.”

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Jim Craig: Minor changes, but no hesitation, in second ‘Miracle’ sale

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It has been 300 days since Jim Craig first announced he would sell a bundle of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia, including his gold medal, for $5.7 million.

They didn’t sell last year. So he took most of the items in the original bundle and is splitting them up in an auction that runs though June 17.

On Tuesday, Craig said he had no thoughts about keeping the most precious items in the 10 months in between sales.

“We wanted to sell an entire collection to a person that would have the financial means to be able to display it, hopefully that everybody would be able to come and enjoy it like they have the last 35 years,” Craig said. “It’s a lot better than being tucked in a closet.”

There are a few items from the original bundle that Craig decided not to auction this time around — a 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy, two watches that he gave to his kids and an Olympic ring.

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Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot

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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.

Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.

The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.

“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.

The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).

The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.

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