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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Finders Keepers Is Not An Olympic Event

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 25, 1996|Reuters

Del Brown has become a kind of Olympic hero.

Days before the start of the Games, Brown stumbled upon a wallet in the camera store where she works. It contained $1,020 cash and several documents in Portuguese. After a few minutes, she also discovered an invoice in English from the Olympic equestrian venue and phoned them up.

The wallet belonged to Brazilian equestrian Serguei Fofanoff, who was so pleased that he introduced her to his teammates and gave her a Brazilian Olympic team pin.

End of story? Don't bet on it.

When Brown's employer heard what had happened, the company got its public relations consultant to shop the story around to various news organizations in town for the Olympics.

The sales-clerk-turned-hero also received formal thanks Wednesday from the Brazilian Olympic Committee, who gave her a new handbag, a clock and personal thanks.

Now she is rumored to be the subject of a human interest segment on NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. A network spokeswoman could not confirm the story, however.

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