Formula 1 champ’s dad plans to smuggle gold

Written by Staff Writer Ania Schauffele , a reigning Ferrari Formula 1 world champion, has revealed that his father is planning on smuggling his Olympic gold medal from Kazakhstan. On Monday, Schauffele took home…

Formula 1 champ's dad plans to smuggle gold

Written by Staff Writer

Ania Schauffele , a reigning Ferrari Formula 1 world champion, has revealed that his father is planning on smuggling his Olympic gold medal from Kazakhstan.

On Monday, Schauffele took home the gold after finishing second at the in a thrilling sprint to the finish line in the men’s 500m time trial at the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Staying in Kazakhstan after qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Schauffele found himself unable to take the super-quick time in the first medal-winning event of the tournament. The gold became vacant after Czech male cyclist Sebastian Langeveld finished second last in the second group of riders.

Schauffele’s father, also named Stephan, now intends to leave town to try and smuggle the medal out of the country.

“He (Dad) is at my dad’s place now and he has got plans to leave for Kazakhstan and stuff. He’s at the airport (and) he thinks he’s probably going to make a big mistake. He still doesn’t know how,” Schauffele told reporters in Belarus on Monday.

When asked if he’d consider that his father’s departure was meant to be a joke and intended to cover a subsequent failure to smuggle the medal, Schauffele said: “Yeah, there is a little bit of a lack of experience on my dad’s side. Maybe the transfer of an Olympic gold is a joke.”

The 22-year-old trails his father’s 11-year-old misadventure to the 2012 London Olympics, where the latter attempted to escape British customs officials by hiding the gold medal in the fake hand of a straw.

“I think it was a similar situation in 2012 as well, when my dad was trying to leave the country,” said Schauffele. “He actually managed to escape to my mum’s place.”

As a family, the men are no strangers to gold — and silver. Schauffele’s father won three medals as a member of the Austrian national rowing team, while his mother won a silver and bronze at the 1986 world judo championships.

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