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2012 Olympic winner is stripped of gold medal and a 1932 gold medal resurfaces

2012 Olympic winner is stripped of gold medal and a 1932 gold medal resurfaces
Turkey's Asli Cakir-Alptekin poses with her gold medal for the women's 1500-meter during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

The new week brings a tale of two gold medals, one lost and one found.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday that Turkish middle-distance runner Asli Cakir-Alptekin has been banned for eight years and stripped of the gold medal she won in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Cakir-Alptekin tested positive for doping twice, once in 2004 and again between 2010 and 2012. Her case makes headlines at a time when track officials are under heat for alleged widespread doping in their sport.

At the same time, the gold medal that German rower Horst Hoeck won at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, which had gone missing for decades, has been found near Berlin.

Hoeck left it in his home while fleeing from East Berlin to West Berlin during the Cold War, said Deutsche Welle, a German news service.

Workers renovating his former house, now a day-care center, found the medal in a safe behind a wall they demolished.

"I'm really happy," said Hoeck's daughter, Karin Isermann. "But on the other hand, I'm sad because my father can't experience seeing it again as he died in 1969."

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