Canadian paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot has 5 stolen medals replaced

MONTREAL — For the first time in a long time, Benoit Huot is feeling pretty good.

Monday was a “special” day for the paralympic swimmer. As the 31-year-old put it, it marked the end of an eight-month nightmare.

The Longueuil resident got back some precious souvenirs when five of seven paralympic medals, stolen from his St-Lambert home last July, were replaced with replicas.

Despite a vast police investigation and a $2000 reward, the original medals have never surfaced.

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One of the medals the crooks made off with was a gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.

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“I had the best race of my life in 2000,” Huot told Global News.

“I was able to be on top of the podium at 16-years-old.”

The medal ceremony took place at École Joseph-Charbonneau in Montreal’s Villeray district.

The high school is a unique facility that offers support and services for disabled Montrealers.

One student, 15-year-old Philippe Kieu, took part in the event, describing it as a “fantastic experience.”

Canadian Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot receives one of his five replacement medals from Vincent, 13, during a ceremony Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Former Canadian Paralympic athlete Chantal Petitclerc was also at the ceremony.

“This was an unfortunate and tragic turn in his life,” she said.

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Huot is currently training for the upcoming Pan-Am Games in Toronto and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio-de-Janiero, Brazil.

READ MORE: Road to gold wasn’t easy for Canadian Para-swimmer

The paralympic swimmer’s replica medals will be held in a museum in Richmond, British Columbia.

Canadian Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot holds up his five replacement medals during a ceremony Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

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