Reward Fund Created To Find Stolen Gold Medal

Medal Won By Tristan Gale In 2002 Winter Olympics

An Oceanside woman has set up a reward fund to help find an Olympic gold medal which was stolen last week.

Tristan Gale won the medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City for women's skeleton.

"It was the first gold medal in women's skeleton ever," said Gale.

Gale said her gold medal and Olympic ring as well as four computers and hard drives were stolen from her Oceanside home last Wednesday. On Sunday, Gale said she discovered another item was also stolen from her Oceanside home.

"They carried all of the stuff in an Olympic backpack… it has Olympic rings on the top of the backpack," said Gale.

Eileen Turk said she heard about Gale's story on the news and decided to set up a donation account at the Chase Bank on Mission Avenue. Turk donated $500 to the account and said she hopes to raise at least $1,000 for a reward.

"After six months, if the culprit is not caught, we are happy to give the money to Tristan and her family to replace some of the items," said Turk.

Detectives said they have fingerprints and a possible license plate number to help locate the thieves. In the meantime, Gale said she remains optimistic and monitors websites such as eBay and Craigslist, hoping to find her stolen items.

Gale said she's just grateful for the outpouring of support.

"Around the world, I’ve been getting messages from people that I have competed against... in different sports," she said. "It's been really amazing."

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