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Patrick Ewing reveals that his Olympic medals were lost or stolen

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Patrick Ewing said his two Olympic gold medals were either lost during one of the many times he moved, or they were stolen when somebody broke into one of his houses.

Ewing, speaking on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, said he then called now-USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, who arranged for Ewing to receive replacement medals.

Olympic medal replacements are common, such as what happened to perhaps the most famous Olympian, Muhammad Ali.

“This is the first time I really spoke about it,” Ewing said. “Sometimes it sucks to be well-known.”

Ewing said an NCAA Championship ring — presumably from his 1984 title team at Georgetown — was stolen by a house burglar years ago. But he got it back after it turned up on eBay.

Sure enough, there is a legal document detailing a 1999 break-in of Ewing’s home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Items stolen included that 1984 NCAA Championship ring (but no mention of Olympic medals). The ring was recovered in 2003.

Ewing played on the 1984 and 1992 Olympic teams, both with longtime rival Michael Jordan.

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“Dream Team Week” kicks off tonight in primetime on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA kicks off an eight evening celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the gold medal-winning 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team – known to history as The Dream Team.

Many viewers may remember being glued to their televisions for every Dream Team broadcast, but this will be the first time for some to see every game featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen and Christian Laettner in their entirety. In 1992, NBC showed only portions of the early round games from Barcelona as part of their Olympic coverage.

The games will air in their original order via their original NBC Olympic broadcasts, nightly at 8 ET:

Monday, Aug. 28 — USA vs. Angola (*8:30 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, Aug. 29 — USA vs. Croatia

Wednesday, Aug. 30 — USA vs. Germany

Thursday, Aug. 31 — USA vs. Brazil

Friday, Sept. 1 — USA vs. Spain

Saturday, Sept. 2 — USA vs. Puerto Rico (quarterfinal)

Sunday, Sept. 3 — USA vs. Lithuania (semifinal)

Monday, Sept. 4 — USA vs. Croatia (final, *8:30 p.m. ET)

The final will conclude an 11-hour marathon of Dream Team game broadcasts on Labor Day.

Each night, following game coverage from the Barcelona Olympics, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present NBC’s Dream Team documentary that originally aired during the 2012 London Olympics, and includes interviews with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley.

Check the Channel Finder to see how you can watch the Olympic Channel in your area.

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