When thieves broke into BenoÃ®t Huotâ€™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 Canadaâ€™s most decorated and most popular Paralympic athletes.
â€œIt was tough,â€ Huot said of the July 26 robbery that claimed seven medals, a television and other sundry items.
â€œYou ask yourself, why?
â€œI 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 didnâ€™t even know what it was.â€
The affable Huot has begrudgingly come to terms with the fact he may never see those hard-earned medals ever again â€” but the next best thing occurred Monday when replacement medals were awarded to Huot in a moving ceremony at Ã‰cole SÃ©condaire Joseph Charbonneau in east-end Montreal.
See Montreal Gazette