Former Olympian Reunites With Little Girl Who Found His Stolen Gold Medal
Olympic canoe racer Joe Jacobi won a gold medal for white water canoe slalom at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but unfortunately, he lost it back in June after it was stolen out of his car by a thief while he and his family were out to dinner.
Luckily, a sweet seven-year-old named Chloe Smith found and returned the priceless piece of the athlete’s hard work to its rightful owner. She found it in a pile of trash while out on a walk with her father earlier this summer.
Now, Jacobi is giving back to the helpful young lady and keeping his promise. He visited her and her first grade class at Woodson Park Academy in Atlanta as a ‘thank you’ to Miss Smith.
“It’s the idea of choosing to do the right thing, and so Chloe, I thank you for good character and doing the right thing,” Jacobi said to the class, as he taught them lessons about character, and why Chloe is a strong role model.
“And to her parents and her family, I thank you guys,” he continued.
“I think sometimes we don’t give a 7-year-old child enough credit for the choices they can make and the influence and power of one choice on an entire community,” he told WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Amazing job, Chloe!