According to the Canadian Press on Monday, Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Benoit Huot had seven of his gold medals stolen from his Montreal home on Saturday evening. Of the seven medals, one is from the Paralympic Games, three are from the Commonwealth Games and three are from the Parapan American Games.
Huot, who has club feet, was in Richmond, British Columbia at the time and training with the Canadian National Paraswim Team in preparation for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships that will take place in Pasadena, California from August 6-10, 2014. Huot was notified by his father of the break-in.
Huot also had a television stolen. He had just moved to a new Montreal home which was being renovated.
Montreal police are asking the public to contact them if they have any information of the robbery. According to Swim Canada, the Longueuil Police Service in the Montreal region can be contacted at (450) 463-7011.
Huot is one of Canada's best paralympic swimmers of all time. He is a nine-time Paralympic gold medalist in swimming. Huot won three gold medals from the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, five gold medals from the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and one gold medal from the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Huot is not the first high performance Canadian athlete to have experienced a robbery in recent weeks. Last month, Canadian Olympic curling gold medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario had a precious Olympic ring stolen from his hotel room while he was in Boyle, Alberta at a charity golf tournament.
Luckily for Jacobs, police were able to find Jacobs's missing items. One person has been sentenced to a year in prison while the other person will have her court appearance will be on August 23. Jacobs was the skip of the gold medal winning curling team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.