Olympian Receives Replacement Gold Medal
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tristan Geisler will be presented with an Olympic gold medal for a second time today -- nine years after winning it in the first place.
Oceanside police plan to meet with Geisler at their downtown headquarters this afternoon to return her championship medallion, stolen during a break-in at her home five weeks ago.
The medal, honoring Geisler's top-ranked achievements in women's skeleton -- a form of ice-sledding -- at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, was stolen on Jan. 26 while the Oceanside resident was out walking her dog.
Three young men pleaded not guilty last month to charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in the case.
According to prosecutors, the trio took the gold medal as part of a crime spree that included breaking into three homes, Geisler's on two occasions.