Chattanooga area Olympic gold medalist recovered part of his missing medal Monday

Chattanooga area Olympic gold medalist recovered part of his missing medal Monday

June 20th, 2016 by David Cobb in Local Regional News

Joe Jacobi, Olympic gold medalist, is pictured in this file photo.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

This 2003 file photo shows Joe Jacobi's gold medal that he received in the 1992 Olympic Games.

This 2003 file photo shows Joe Jacobi's gold...

Photo by Kathleen Cole

An Olympic gold medalist with an area home recovered part of his medal Monday after it had been missing for two weeks.

1992 Olympic Slalom C-2 canoeing champion Joe Jacobi said that he received an email Saturday night through a website created to help recover the medal.

The email was a from a family in Atlanta. A 6-year-old girl found a significant portion of the medal against the curb of an Atlanta street.

"Everything that has happened over the last two weeks, there has been so much goodness and kindness, and what happened today is just another extension of what we experienced over the last two weeks" Jacobi said Monday as he drove back to his home in Polk County after meeting with the family that recovered the medal.

The medal was in a backpack that thieves took from Jacobi's SUV while his family was dining in an Atlanta restaurant.The theft garnered national media attention, including stories from the Washington Post, CBS News, among others.

 "The 1992 Olympic medal has an upper disc that's attached to a bigger, metallic base and the upper disc is kind of the distinguishing characteristic of the Olympic medal," he said. "It was virtually the only part of the medal that was marked. So we got that back but we didn't get the base that's attached to the ribbon. 

"But we got a big part of it back today."