On Wednesday morning, January 19, the Israeli police announced that they had found a gold chain with Olympic symbols stolen a week ago from Olympic champion Linoy Ashram at the Wingate Institute.
The press service of the police reports that on January 18, operatives from the police station in the village of Jisr al-Zarqa (near Caesarea) conducted searches, during which one of the local residents was detained, who was found to have drugs. Shortly thereafter, a 24-year-old local resident arrived at the police station and demanded that the police release his relative, while he threatened law enforcement officers. This man was detained, during a search they seized a knife and a gold chain with Olympic symbols. Today, this detainee will be taken to the Magistrate's Court in Hadera to decide on the extension of detention.
It is not yet clear whether the detainee was involved in the theft of a gold chain belonging to Linoy Ashram. The investigation is ongoing.
A week ago, Olympic champion rhythmic gymnastics Linoy Ashram revealed on her Instagram page that a gold chain given to her after winning the Tokyo Olympics was stolen from her bag at the Wingate Institute. Linoy emphasized that this chain is primarily an emotional value for her.
Recall that according to the results of voting in December, Linoy Ashram was named by the readers of NEWSru.co.il "Person of 2021" in the nomination "Sport".
In November, the Israeli National Olympic Committee selected the best athletes for 2021. Olympic champion gymnasts Linoy Ashram and Artem Dolgopyat were named the best athletes. Linoy became the best athlete in Israel for the fourth time in a row, Artem was recognized as the athlete of the year for the second time. Ayelet Zusman, coach Linoy Ashram was recognized as the best coach of the year.
Linoy Ashram . Brief reference .
Linoy Ashram is 22 years old and was born and raised in Rishon Lezion. Her mother, Hedva, is from a Greek-born family and works as a kindergarten teacher's assistant; father, Oren, military, Yemeni origin. Linoy started rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 7, at 12 she took part in international competitions for the first time. In 2017, Linoy began serving in the IDF as an honors student in sports training, and after demobilization, she entered the Ono Academic College.
Linoy Ashram made history as the first Israeli gymnast to win the individual all-around (bronze) at the World Championships (Pesaro, 2017) and the first Israeli gymnast to win the individual all-around world vice-champion (Sofia 2018).
She is also the first Israeli gymnast to win gold in the all-around at the World Cup (Guadalajara 2018); the first Israeli gymnast to win gold in the Grand Prix Final series (Brno 2015) and the second junior gymnast to win a medal in the Grand Prix Final series (Brno 2015).
Linoy Ashram placed fifth in the 2014 Youth Olympiad tournament. She is a silver and two-time bronze medalist of the world championships in the all-around (in general, a six-time silver and five-time bronze medalist of the world championships). Linoy is also the silver medalist of the 2019 European Games (two-time champion in individual events) and the 2020 European champion in the all-around, the current European champion in club exercises.
On August 7, 2021, Linoy Ashram won the individual all-around at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first Israeli Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics.