June 22, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) A 6-year-old Georgia girl has found the main portion of a 1992 Olympic gold medal that was stolen from an American canoeist's car earlier this month.

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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