Aussie skipper robbed of Olympic medals


BRISBANE: Former women's hockey captain Katrina Powell had her Olympic gold medals stolen, joining pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva as the second top Australian athlete to have medals taken in robberies.  

Powell, a three-time Olympian, had the medals stolen during a robbery on Tuesday at her home in Perth while she was at work. 

The theft came after 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medal winning pole-vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva had her sporting mementoes stolen at a Brisbane office, police reported on Monday. Like Grigorieva, all of Powell's medals were stored in a safe, which was taken in the robbery. 

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates yesterday offered to replace both women's Olympic medals.  

The International Olympic Committee has moulds of the medals from past Games. 

Powell was a member of the Australian team that won gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She also had Commonwealth Games, World Cup and Champions Trophy medals taken in the robbery. 

“I was driving to work yesterday and heard about Tatiana's medal on the radio and thought `Oh no, that's terrible', only to come home a couple of hours later and have all of my medals gone too,'' Powell said. 

Powell retired after the 2004 Athens Olympics and is an assistant coach with the Australian team. – AP 

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