Joe Jacobi's 1992 Olympic gold medal for canoeing was found by a 6-year-old Georgia girl after being stolen from his car earlier this month.
According to The Associated Press
, Wayne Smith tells news outlets that his daughter found the medal on the side of a road last week near their Atlanta home. Initially mistaking it for trash, Smith took a closer look at the disc and realized it belonged to Joe Jacobi.
Smith says he had heard about Jacobi's two-man canoe slalom medal being stolen from inside the Olympian's car in an Atlanta restaurant parking lot June 6.
Jacobi gave the girl a $500 reward and her father some Olympic memorabilia to thank her for finding the medal. Jacobi is still missing the medal's silver metallic base and the ribbon it was attached to.
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