OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Final week at Liberty Nationwide, Xander Schauffele revealed that he hadn’t spent loads of time together with his Olympic gold medal since successful it in Tokyo final month.
“Pops has it,” Schauffele stated. “I am unable to get it off of him proper now. I had a few media issues to do with the medal, after which I bought a telephone name shortly after that asking for the medal again.”
Stefan Schauffele says it has been “a fair break up,” however he did sleep with the medal cradled in his arms the night time of his son’s Olympic triumph.
The medal is presently within the clutches of Stefan, or “Ogre,” as he is affectionately referred to as. Stefan and his Xander’s mother, Chen Ping-Yi, are within the Baltimore space for this week’s BMW Championship, and Stefan is carrying the 1.2-pound medal round in its black velvet drawstring bag. He is already proven it off a number of dozen instances.
So, the place else has the medal been with the Ogre?
Nicely, for starters, there was the Twitter photograph of Stefan carrying it together with a brief, tight-fighting bathing swimsuit and flip-flops. “It wasn’t the smallest factor I personal,” he added. However extra significantly, the medal has produced some fairly memorable moments. The highest one was the Xander displaying it to his 90-year-old maternal grandfather, who lives in Japan, the night time of his victory.
“That is a really onerous factor to do, to impress a 90-year-old,” Stefan stated.
Stefan additionally has been taking it round San Diego and letting children put on it, hoping to hopefully encourage future Olympians. Stefan, in fact, had his Olympic decathlete goals ended after being struck by a drunk driver when he was youthful.
“The most important thrill that you just get out of it, and we consider it is for sharing, the most important thrill is to place it across the neck of a 13-year-old, whether or not a golfer or athlete of any sport,” Stefan stated. “They actually lose it – after which they’re impressed. And the fantastic factor is you do not have to say a phrase, you simply try this and so they’re impressed.
“It is highly effective, and it’ll by no means get outdated.”