6-Year-Old Georgia Girl Finds Stolen Olympic Gold Medal and Returns It to Owner

Chloe Smith ABC NEWS
Chloe Smith

A 6-year-old girl found an Olympic gold medal in a pile of trash on the side of the road while out for a walk with her father in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The medal was stolen from former slalom canoeist Joe Jacobi, who won the medal in the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi’s medal was stolen after someone broke into the Olympian’s car last month in Atlanta.

Chloe Smith spotted the gold medal in shrubs and trash on June 17, her mother, Charlmonique Cunningham, told ABC News today.

Cunningham described her daughter as “a very inquisitive, very spunky 6-year-old,” who always picks up shiny things she comes across.

“She’s always picking up stuff, always finding things,” Cunningham said. “Both her and her dad always want to bring stuff home.”

Cunningham said she initially thought the medal was “junk.”

“Her dad instantly knew what it was, he had watched the news,” Cunningham explained. “He was aware that the medal had been stolen.”

Cunningham said she remained skeptical but researched the medal and reached out to Jacobi via email with pictures of the recovered medal.

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