A member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team was robbed in daylight while working in Minneapolis last weekend.
Aidan Kelly, an New York native who represented the U.S. in the luge at the Sochi winter games, was in Minneapolis running a USA slider (luge) search program at Riverside Park when he watched two cars pull up near him and steal a bag full of his valuables.
Kelly was setting up protective barriers along the curbs of a hill at the park, a safety measure for the 100 or so 9-13 year olds who attended the luge program, when he looked back and saw his property being stolen.
"Two cars pulled up and I didn't really think anything of it until I saw my longboard go up," said Kelly. "I was just like, 'Hey! Hey! Stop! That's mine.'"
Kelly said he was only 50 feet from the vehicles when the theft occurred.
"Basically all of my valuables were in the bag."
The sliding specialist lost his longboard, a camera bag with $3,000-$4,000 worth of equipment, his wallet, phone, and worst of all, his 2014 Olympic ring.
"That's all I really want to make sure I can get back," he said.
The ring has Kelly's name inscribed along the side along with "Sochi" and "2014."
Kelly called the police but said he couldn't get immediate assistance because officers in the area were responding to a report of an assault in the park at the same time.
"I waited a good amount of time, nobody came so I just eventually drove around and looked for a cop, flagged one down and he took my statement," Kelly said.
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Because he was just 50 feet from the theft, Kelly said he was able to provide police with a description of the vehicles, a Jaguar X-TYPE and a Toyota Camry, along with license plates on both vehicles.
He's confirmed that Minneapolis police now have a detective on his case.
Kelly has retired from competitive sliding and now runs luge camps for youth across the country in search of America's next Olympic sliders.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will willingly replace Kelly's ring, but he said it's just not the same.