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A van carrying Olympic speedskating gold medalist Hiroyasu Shimizu’s 1.5 million yen bicycle was stolen from a parking lot in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, police said Friday.

Shimizu, 32, was using the French-made bicycle for off-season training.

Shimizu drove the van, which is owned by his sponsor, NEC Corp., from a bicycle track in the city to the parking lot of the apartment where he has lived since May for training. He locked the vehicle with the bike inside at around 10:20 p.m. Thursday. He discovered the van missing at around 6 a.m. Friday.