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Girl Who Found Stolen Gold Medal in Trash Gets an Olympic Thank You

It was Take Your Olympian to School Day for the girl who noticed a 1992 gold medal in a pile of garbage

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    Canoe/Kayaker Joe Jacobi poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit on May 16, 2004 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

    An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen.

    Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June.

    Weeks later, Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the gold medal discarded in a pile of garbage. Chloe returned the medal to Jacobi, who had posted about the theft on social media. The former Olympian then promised to visit Chloe's school and let her classmates know about her good deed.

    Jacobi spoke Monday to Chloe's first-grade class at Woodson Park Academy. WSB-TV reports the Olympian brought his recovered gold medal with him.