LAS VEGAS, Nevada, September 6. ONE of the three gold medals Josh Davis won at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics has gone missing at the American Swimming Coaches Association's world clinic today, marking the second time in a little more than three years that he has dealt with the loss of the priceless items.
Davis reported the theft earlier today via Twitter around 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, then confirmed to Swimming World that one of the three gold medals he had on display at the Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinic booth mysteriously disappeared. Davis said the medal vanished in a matter of seconds during a rush of admirers who had come to the booth.
“It knocks the wind out of your sails,” Davis told Swimming World. “You want to share them with the world. You don't want to keep them locked up somewhere.”
Davis also said he's working with security at the Riviera Convention Center to review video footage of the exhibitor hall at the time the medal went missing.
Davis won his three gold medals in all three relays in Atlanta. He won two more as a member of the 400 free relay (prelim) and 800 free relay in Sydney in 2000. In addition to once holding the American record in the 200-meter freestyle, Davis was a standout swimmer for the University of Texas from 1991 to 1994.
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