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Family of Colorado Springs Olympian burglarized hours before gold medal win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO)-- 18-year-old Anastasija Zolotic became the first American woman to win a gold medal in taekwondo at the Olympics. But hours before, when her parents were headed to a Team USA watch party in Orlando, the family noticed their four-wheelers were stolen from their Colorado Springs Home.

Zolotic and her family moved to Colorado Springs in 2019 to achieve Olympic glory. Her parents, Dragana and Brian had planned to go to Tokyo to watch her compete in the games, but when fans were banned, they decided to pack their bags and to go to a watch party in Orlando with other Team USA parents.

"We were pulling out our suitcases and stuff and we realized that our trailer with two four-wheelers was gone. That night somebody stole it in front of our house," Dragana Zolotic said.

The couple didn't know what to do. They couldn't decide if they needed to cancel their plans and figure out where their four-wheelers went. But, they thought Anastasija had a good chance at winning the gold and didn't want to miss the opportunity.

"We either continue and go with it or stay home and stress my daughter out with why are we home and why didn't we go to the watch party?"

They decided to go. The parents watched their daughter become the first taekwondo gold medalist in US history. But Dragana says the person who stole their four-wheelers on the northeast side of Colorado Springs has ruined some of their Olympic experience.

"It has you know, you keep thinking of it. It's a very unpleasant feeling," she said.

Still, though nobody can take away what their daughter did in the games.

"Oh my god, last night was so exciting. Emotional, I mean nervous. I just cannot explain the emotions."

Colorado Springs / El Paso County Crime / Local News
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Spencer Soicher

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12 Comments

  1. A gold medal in taekwondo?
    When they find the guys who did it, give her 10 minutes alone with them and let nature take its course.

  2. Honestly, have to love when the news is so happy to get a story out, they dox the victim of a crime. Blur, the dang address in the pictures…come on it’s not that hard.

  3. Hopefully the 4-wheelers were insured, in which case they can be replaced. The Olympic experience of their daughter winning a gold medal can not be replaced . . . 😊

  4. KRDO:please think about this, broadcasting the fact that people with unique names are out of town, make them vulnerable to thieves. Putting in first and last names make it easy to find people and their addresses. Hopefully the neighbors will step up and keep an eye on the house.

    1. They even clearly display the address of the neighbors house…sickening the news would do this to the victims of a crime.

  5. Please, please take this photo down. This girl doesn’t need random strangers knowing where her house is…. especially if that kind of hardware will be in the house (even after they put the medal in a safety-deposit box, lots of worthy memorabilia will still be there)… and it’s easy to find.
    In 10 seconds I could find where her house is. 10.

  6. (Oops… didn’t specify that it is the photo with the four-wheelers showing a home number.)

  7. Victims of crime care. Unless it happens to you, then ya who cares. Crime is becoming the new normal, because no one cares anymore. People think they have a right to steal, and others try to justify it saying no one is hurt because they might be insured or that the criminals are the true victims ( of society).

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