Girl, 7, Finds Olympic Gold Medal in Trash
It had been stolen from Joe Jacobi weeks earlier
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2016 7:02 PM CDT
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky, left, laughs with Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Aug....   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(Newser) – An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen, the AP reports. Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June. Weeks later, Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the gold medal discarded in a pile of garbage. Chloe returned the medal to Jacobi, who had posted about the theft on social media. The former Olympian then promised to visit Chloe's school and let her classmates know about her good deed. Jacobi spoke Monday to Chloe's first-grade class at Woodson Park Academy. WSB-TV reports the Olympian brought his recovered gold medal with him.