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Gold Medalist Curler John Landsteiner To Be Reunited With Lost Olympic Ring Found On Beach

By Todd Kortemeier | Aug. 02, 2018, 11:05 a.m. (ET)

John Landsteiner competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Curler John Landsteiner no doubt guards his Olympic gold medal with his life, but a medal is pretty big and hard to lose unlike his Olympic ring, which he recently lost on a beach near Los Angeles while in town for the ESPY Awards. 

Searching for a lost ring on a beach isn’t quite like finding a needle in a haystack, but it’s close.

It’s a little easier though if you’re Leon Jones of Buena Park, California, who is an experienced treasure hunter armed with a metal detector. Jones records some of his adventures on his YouTube channel, Doctor Rings & Things, including his latest excursion, in which he found not one, but two rings on Huntington Beach.

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The first was a diamond wedding ring, but the second was a gold ring engraved with the U.S. Olympic Team logo on top, and Landsteiner’s name and “curling” on the sides. Jones recognized the name and implored in his video for help returning the ring to Landsteiner. The two connected via video conference on Wednesday, and Landsteiner was relieved to hear his ring was not long gone, as he had assumed.

“It means a lot to me,” said Landsteiner, who earlier this year was part of the first U.S. Olympic Curling Team to win gold. “Tears were shed the night it disappeared.”

The Duluth, Minnesota, native plans to fly back out to California to meet Jones and receive the ring in person.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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