Tuesday Sept 16, 2008
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brendan Hansen is not used to that sinking
feeling, being a world class swimmer. But he sure felt a sick sensation when he recently realized he had lost the 400-meter relay swimming gold medal he won at the Beijing Olympics.
Hansen had the medal in a side pocket of his backpack during the
flight from Philadelphia to Texas. He thinks it may have slipped
out when he changed seats.
Fortunately a fellow passenger found the medal on the floor and
called police in an attempt to find the owner. They referred her to
the University of Texas which has a top-flight swimming program and
is Hansen's alma mater.
The athletic department helped reunite Hansen with the medal and
he met the woman who found it. He presented her with a check and
she promised to turn it over to charity.
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