Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa wasn’t the only Olympian to apparently vandalize his medal Tuesday — Olympic triathlete Joe Flanagan said his gold medal was stolen from the family room of his home in California.
Only one medal was needed for Shibefele’s silver medal at the Rio Olympics this summer. But it was his gold that the San Diego County native’s father took.
“Mine’s been taken out of our house,” Flanagan told NBC. “My dad is hogging it. We don’t know where it is.”
Flanagan, 27, missed his gold medal by a few hundredths of a second in Rio. It turned out to be a silent robbery.
The winner of the final Olympic triathlon in Rio posted a photo of himself clutching his gold medal on Instagram, writing: “It was the best moment of my life in Rio (until I lost it).” The post had more than 50,000 likes by Wednesday night.
“I know it probably isn’t official, but Dad took my gold medal,” Flanagan said. “He’s called and told me this morning that he’s taking it. We think it’s somewhere in the garage or the back part of the house. We just want it back.”
Flanagan said his father told him the medal would eventually be returned, but only after a round of golf.
Ishikawa was photographed Tuesday with the left Olympic medal in his hands and the right in a mangled state. The bronze medal, meanwhile, went missing from the pool area in Rio de Janeiro.
Japan’s International Olympic Committee official took the unusual step of tweeting an apology for the missing medal, titled “We apologize.”
Inflated silver medal belongs to Ryo Ishikawa pic.twitter.com/lJ0HEMqYMh — AFP news agency (@AFP) September 13, 2016
U.S. Olympic officials have yet to comment on Ishikawa’s broken medal or clarify what happened with Flanagan’s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.