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Elena Vesnina confirms return of stolen Olympic medals
The 2016 Olympic doubles champion previously revealed her two medals had been taken in a September home invasion.
Published Nov 03, 2021
Elena Vesnina shared a happy surprise on social media Wednesday morning, confirming her two Olympic medals—along with her Olympic champions ring—had been returned following a September home invasion.
“Late in the evening, a courier brought and left behind a guard a bouquet of flowers with a box of chocolates, which contained both of my medals,” she explained in Russian on Instagram.
The former doubles No. 1 returned to action earlier this year with the explicit goal of playing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Finishing fourth in women’s doubles with Veronika Kudermetova, Vesnina partnered Aslan Karatsev to upset Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic en route to a silver-medal performance in the mixed event.
While out for dinner with husband Pavel Tabuntsov, the still-at-large intruders broke into their home, making off with both medals stashed in a tennis bag and with the jewelry she kept in a safe.
Vesnina has been sidelined due to an injury she picked up in Tokyo, but plans to continue her comeback next year.
“Now I try not to remember this, life goes on and I am sure that good will win anyway.”