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Olympic athlete reunited with stolen gold medal

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OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Tristan Geisler was presented with an Olympic gold medal for a second time Thursday -- nine years after winning it in the first place.

During an afternoon visit to Oceanside police headquarters, Geisler reclaimed her championship medallion, which was stolen during a break-in at her home and then recovered by detectives.

Geisler beamed while describing her happiness at getting back the medal, which she won in women's skeleton -- a form of ice-sledding -- at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The prize was stolen Jan. 26 while the Oceanside resident was out walking her dog.

"And I feel very fortunate, because most Olympic medals, if they're lost or stolen, you don't have this kind of a happy ending," Geisler told reporters, the just-returned golden disc hanging around her neck. "So it's pretty fantastic."

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 medal as part of a crime spree during which they broke into three homes, including Geisler's on two occasions.

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