Olympics

Windsurfer From Israel Has Gold, Bronze Medals Stolen

Last summer in Athens, windsurfer Gal Fridman became the first athlete from Israel to win an Olympic gold medal.
Last summer in Athens, windsurfer Gal Fridman became the first athlete from Israel to win an Olympic gold medal. (By Herbert Knosowski -- Associated Press)
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Thieves broke into the home owned by the parents of Israeli windsurfer Gal Fridman yesterday and stole his Olympic gold medal from the Athens Games.

Fridman discovered the theft when he went to his parents' home in Karkur in northern Israel, Police Chief Inspector Moshe Weizman said.

Fridman became an instant national hero in August when he won Israel's first gold medal. He also won a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and that also was stolen, along with a gun and some papers.

"It's not that they took my achievements. I'm still Olympic champion. No matter what they do they can't take that away from me," he told Israel TV. "But it clearly still hurts."

-- From News Services


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