On Wednesday night at a Scottish museum, two Olympic gold medals were stolen. One of the medals that was taken was the first ever medal awarded for a curling competition from the 1924 Winter Games. The medal belonged to British skip Willie Jackson.
“A number of very rare artifacts have been stolen,” said David Lockwood, manager of Dumfries Museum, in a press release via NBC Sports. “This includes a silver casket, local curling club medals and Olympic gold medals from the 1924 Winter Games and the 2002 Winter Games. The Provost of Maxwelltown chain has also been stolen in the break in.”
Scottish police are still investigating the situation and the museum currently remains closed.
“We are at a very early stage of the investigation, and the items stolen are still to be confirmed, however it includes four curling club medals and two Olympic medals,” chief inspector Steven Lowther said, according to British and Scottish reports. “We are keen to trace the three individuals seen running away from the museum around this time.”
We can’t blame a person for wanting to get their hands on a piece of curling history — after all, it is the greatest Winter Olympic sport — but let’s hope that police find the thief and get the medal back where it belongs.