Sorry, here are
your rings back
Hal Prieste has something that belongs to the International Olympic Committee, and he's going to Sydney to return it. Prieste says he grabbed a flag as a souvenir after winning a bronze medal at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Now, he plans to present it to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch after the Closing Ceremonies next month. Prieste, 103, said he's returning the flag because "the Olympic committee wants it back." He left his nursing home in Camden, N.J., with two companions Friday afternoon and began the 36-hour journey, taking the white flag bearing five colored Olympic rings. "It's very pretty, with lots of rings in it," Prieste told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill. "What good is it doing me (stored) in a suitcase?" He was 23 when he took third place in platform diving at Antwerp, Belgium. After taking the flag and stuffing it in a suitcase, Prieste returned to California.