Stolen Olympic gold medal recovered

Feb. 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM

OCEANSIDE, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- An Olympic gold medal stolen from the home of a California athlete who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City has been recovered, police said.

The medal, won by Oceanside resident Tristan Gale Geisler in the winter sledding sport of skeleton, was found by officers serving a search warrant at a home where three men were arrested on suspicion of burglary, the (Escondido, Calif.) North County Times reported Wednesday.

Geisler, 30, said burglars broke into her home last Wednesday while she and her husband were out to lunch with friends.

The Olympics medal was taken, along with Geisler's engagement and Olympic rings, computers, video games and other valuables, she said.

"I'm way impressed with the hard work done by everyone," Geisler said. "I feel incredibly blessed to have so many people care about my stuff. That makes me feel really great."

Geisler said Oceanside detectives contacted her Tuesday saying they had recovered her medal along with the other stolen items.

The medal's ribbon had been cut, but otherwise was unharmed, Geisler said -- and she has a spare ribbon.

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