Olympian praises student who found his gold medal

ATLANTA, GA - An Olympic gold medalist thanked a 7-year-old girl from Atlanta who found his stolen medal while she was out for a walk with her father in June.


"When she picked it up, it just wowed me because I had to look at it for like 20 minutes," said 7-year-old Chloe Smith's father, Wayne.


American Olympian Joe Jacobi said thieves stole his medal while he and his family were having dinner in Atlanta. 

Jacob used social media to help get out the word about the theft and it led to a reunion between the medal, its owner and the honest role model who found it.

"I think that sometimes we don't give a 7-year-old child enough credit for the choices they can make and the influence and power of one choice can have on an entire community," Jacobi said.


Jacobi visited Woodson Park Academy in Atlanta this week to thank Smith for her very good deed and to share with the students the importance of doing the right thing.

"We actually have incredible role models right inside of an elementary school," he said.

When the medal was first stolen Joe and his family were offering a $500 reward for its recovery. Jacobi said Smith got the money.


Jacobi and teammate Scott Strausbaugh won the gold medal in canoe double slalom during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.



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