When thieves broke into Benoît Huot’s home in Longueuil last summer, they stole more than just his prized international swimming medals.
The burglary left an open wound on Huot, one of Canada’s most decorated and most popular Paralympic athletes.
“It was tough,” Huot said of the July 26 robbery that claimed seven medals, a television and other sundry items.
“You ask yourself, why?
“I strongly believe it was just a coincidence. They took other things in the house and they happened to find the medals. They were in boxes. They were not even displayed out to see. They probably didn’t even know what it was.”
The affable Huot has begrudgingly come to terms with the fact he may never see those hard-earned medals ever again — but the next best thing occurred Monday when replacement medals were awarded to Huot in a moving ceremony at École Sécondaire Joseph Charbonneau in east-end Montreal.
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