Part of Joe Jacobi's stolen gold Olympic medal found - CBS46 News

Part of Joe Jacobi's stolen gold Olympic medal found

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The trash on the side of Grand Avenue ranges from sneakers to water bottles to pieces of wood. But underneath all of it was one man's treasure, his 1992 gold Olympic medal.

Wayne Smith was walking with his daughter Chloe on Friday when she spotted something on the side of the road.

"When she picked it up it just wowed me. I had to look at it for 20 minutes before it sunk in," Smith said.

Chloe found a piece of history. It was a piece of Joe Jacobi's gold Olympic medal. A medal he's been searching for since it was stolen from his car in west Midtown two weeks ago.

"The part of the medal the family found identifies the 1992 Olympic games. It has Nike, the Greek goddess of victory on it. It's the most distinguishing part of the medal," Jacobi said.

Jacobi won the medal canoeing in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. 

Jacobi got to thank Chloe, the six year old who found his medal, over the phone Monday. He told Chloe when school is back in session he'd like to visit her and her classmates and will bring along the piece of the medal that Chloe found.

Still missing is the base piece of the medal and its ribbon. The Jacobi's will continue to search for the rest of it but for now say they're just happy Chloe and her dad decided to walk down Grand Avenue, Friday.

"We can do a whole lot of good with this and who knows maybe we'll get lucky and we'll find the rest of the Olympic medal as well," Jacobi told CBS46.

When the medal was first stolen the Jacobi's started a website called They say now they'll use that site to help other athletes who may have lost their medals or had them stolen.

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