Slalom canoeist Joe Jacobi‘s 1992 Olympic gold medal, stolen from a car two weeks ago, was found by a 6-year-old Atlanta girl on Saturday.
Chloe Smith found the medal near a road on a walk with her father, but it was missing its metallic base and ribbon.
“When I picked it up, I had to even bite it, I had to even bite down on it, just because I’m like, I don’t think this is how they make gold medals,” Chloe’s father, Wayne, said in a Facebook video.
On June 6, the medal was inside a backpack that was taken from the car after it was broken into, according to NBC’s affiliate in Atlanta.
Jacobi, 46, competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 2004 Athens Olympics.
“This medal and seeing people engage with it and just seeing the good that can come from it, I think that’s really what today’s all about,” Jacobi said. “Chloe, we’re so grateful to her.”Follow @nzaccardi