Olympic gold medalist Jenny Thompson attacked

Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson, an eight-time swimming Olympic gold medalist was reported to be attacked and punched in the face by would-be robbers in a failed attempt to steal her scooter.

According to reports, Thompson was attacked while riding in Brookline Monday night. She told WBZ-TV on Wednesday that a vehicle stopped behind her with its headlights out.  Two people suddenly got out and punched her in the face, pushed her down and tried to grab her scooter but she held onto it and cried for help.

“The first thing they did was punch me in the face, so my gut instinct was to fight,” Thompson told WBZ-TV.

“I fought them off and was screaming at the top of my lungs and people came out of the houses,” Thompson explained. “I was screaming so loud, I didn’t know I could scream so loud. I was screaming ‘Help! Help me! I’m being attacked!’ and I think that helped.”

The robbers ran away leaving her and the scooter behind but she suffered a cut on her nose and several scrapes on her knees and arms. An ambulance crew later treated Thompson at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.

Later that night, police officers arrested three teenagers who were riding around on stolen scooters but it’s unclear whether they were involved in the attack.

Jennifer (“Jenny”) Beth Thompson (born February 26, 1973) is an American former competitive swimmer, and one of the most decorated Olympians in history, winning twelve medals, including eight gold medals (all relay), in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics.