ATVs stolen from the family of a Colorado Springs Olympian and gold medalist found after TV report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs family is celebrating after their 18-year-old daughter won the first U.S. gold medal for women’s taekwondo at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Sunday morning. Her name is Anastasija Zolotic, and she has lived and trained in Colorado Springs since 2019.
The Zolotic family is currently in Orlando cheering on their daughter from more than 5,000 miles away. Anastasija’s mother, Dragana Zolotic, spoke with 11 News Sunday morning; she says her daughter has always been talented and has had her sights set on the Olympics since she was little.
“She showed talent early; I want to say she was like 10 or 11 when they started taking her to tournaments. Mostly in the U.S., and then after that, internationally ... she would win almost every single tournament as she would go. She would talk about her sport and she would say like, ‘Yeah, I’ll go to the Olympics,’ and all the kids in school knew that she was going to the Olympics and stuff. Yep she did it!” says Dragana.
While the family is celebrating their highest of highs, they started off the weekend on a low note. Dragana tells 11 News as they were leaving for Orlando on Friday, they noticed items missing from outside their home.
“Friday morning we were leaving to airport to come to Orlando and watch Anna compete. As we are taking our suitcase outside of the house to put it in the car we noticed that our trailer with the two ATVs was gone” says Dragana.
Colorado Springs police say a 2015 and 2019 Polaris sportsman and trailer were stolen from the residence on July 23.
The Zolotic family said they were not letting this put a damper on a weekend for the record books.
“I’ll be thinking of my daughters success you know. But it’s difficult, you know, I cannot process that. It’s hard to believe that somebody is that brave to come into someone’s property and steal something. It’s just not right, it’s not fair” says Dragana.
On Monday, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder had some good news to share, the stolen ATVs were found thanks to coverage by the media!
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