A Florida jeweler is cornering the market on repairing Olympic medals.
The same man who repaired Bahamian track athlete Demetrius Pinder’s stolen and damaged 2012 Olympic gold medal recently touched up the Sochi silver won by U.S. short track speed skater Eddy Alvarez.
Alvarez’s medal was scuffed by his 10-month-old nephew, Mako, last week.
“The edges were jagged to the touch and the scratches looked like what happens to the back of an iPhone after it rubs against a set of keys in a pant pocket,” reported the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald.
Alvarez’s instinct was to call his father. His father’s instinct?
“I Googled ‘people that fix Olympic silver medals,'” he said, according to the newspaper. “I Googled without any confidence that I would find anything.”
He found another Bradenton Herald story, the one about Pinder taking his medal to a place called Jess Jewelers. Pinder has trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Steven Dangler, a certified graduate gemologist for Jess Jewelers, had no problem fixing Alvarez’s medal fast enough for the skater nicknamed “The Jet” to be able to bring it with him for the Olympic Team’s visit to the White House next week.