GOOD NEWS Little Girl Returns Stolen Olympic Gold Medal to Its Rightful Owner
A six-year-old girl from Atlanta is winning praise for finding a stolen Olympic gold medal and returning it to its rightful owner.
Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the shiny object among some trash in the road.
— Morse Diggs (@MoDiggsFOX5) June 20, 2016
Her dad immediately recognized it from a local news story last month. It belonged to champion canoe/kayaker Joe Jacobi, who won the gold for the slalom C-2 event in Barcelona in 1992. The medal was in a backpack that was stolen from Jacobi's car.
Yesterday, Jacobi traveled to Atlanta from his Tennessee home to say thank you in person, as well as deliver a $500 reward and some Olympic memorabilia.
— Joe Jacobi (@JoeJacobi) June 21, 2016
Chloe's mother told ABC News the little girl was hesitant to give up the treasure at first, but after speaking to the Olympian on the phone, she gave it up graciously.