This is beyond belief…
They’ve been found! It’s a little unclear whether the police recovered the medals from the thieves or if Adlington just found them in her house, but the medals are safe.
Last summer the Wall Street Journal ran a feature on Olympians who’ve lost their medals, and it is possible to pay a replica from the IOC for $500 to $1,200. You can’t get a replacement ribbon, though.
Funny historical anecdote:
Before there was an official process for getting replacement medals, athletes made do with makeshift ones. Olympics historian David Wallechinsky says Canadian high jumper Duncan McNaughton lost his 1932 gold medal. So his friend Bob Van Osdel—the high-jump runner-up who happened to be a dentist—made a mold from his silver medal, filled it with gold and sent the replica to Mr. McNaughton, the historian says.