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Fencer lost his Olympic gold medal for two weeks

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Italian fencer Daniele Garozzo went two weeks without his gold medal after he said it was stolen while he slept on a train.

Garozzo, who beat American Alex Massialas for foil gold in Rio (and celebrated wildly), revealed last Thursday that he had lost the medal on Oct. 29. It was stolen from inside his backpack on a train ride to Turin, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

A Turin woman found the medal among garbage and Facebook messaged Garozzo shortly after the fencer’s public plea for help.

Garozzo was competing in Tokyo over the weekend, but the medal is in a friend’s possession in the meantime, according to Agence France-Presse.

“Even though I’d come to terms with losing the medal, it was like a part of me had been taken away,” Garozzo said, according to AFP.

Garozzo said he would repay the woman by inviting her to a World Cup competition in Turin, plus buying dinner for her and anybody she would like to join, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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