Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Stanford graduate Jenny Thompson said she was attacked by would-be robbers, who punched her in the face in a failed bid to steal her scooter just outside of Boston, Mass.
Thompson, a native of Dover, N.H., told WBZ-TV on Wednesday that she was riding in Brookline on Monday night when a vehicle stopped behind her with its headlights out. She reported that two people got out, punched her, pushed her down and tried to grab her ride.
Thompson held on to the scooter and screamed for help, forcing the assailants to flee. The 37-year-old suffered a cut on her nose and several scrapes and was treated at the scene. Police said three teenagers were arrested.
Thompson is one of the most successful American Olympians, with 12 medals overall. Her most recent medals came in the 2004 Athens Games. She is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following the incident, Thompson released the following statement through agent David Arluck of Arluck Promotions:
"I've never been one to live scared, and I've always believed that people deep down want to be 'good'. These two beliefs were slightly shaken after being assaulted on my motor scooter Monday night. However, the support and well wishes that I've received over the past couple of days has more than helped me to heal. I am doing well (only a slight black eye), hiding away only because I am trying to study for my upcoming board certification in Anesthesiology. Thank you to everyone, and I hope that in some small way my experience gives you strength."
Peace, Jenny Thompson