Miracle Find: Olympic Curler Gets Ring Back

August 07, 2018 12:00 PM

There's been a lot of glitz and glamour to go along with those Olympic gold medals for curling's Team Shuster.

That included a trip to the ESPYs last month. 


It was a blast for the team. But for one member - John Landsteiner - it ended with panic.

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"On the last night, we decided to go for a night swim at Huntington Beach," he told Duluth station WDIO. "I was taking my Olympic ring off to hand to my wife, to keep it safe, and I dropped it. People there were searching for an hour."

He never thought he'd see it again. 

"There were tears shed," he remembered.

However, things changed when he got a call from a reporter in Los Angeles who wanted to do an interview.

Landsteiner was wondering why now when the reporter finally mentioned "Something had been found."

"I thought, 'You've gotta be kidding me,'" Landsteiner said. 

The person who found the ring was Leon Jones - also known as Dr. Rings and Things. He spends time using a metal detector on the beach, and records his finds using a GoPro. 

More miraculous, though, is that Jones recognized Landsteiner's name because he had watched the men's curling team during the Olympics. The two and Landsteiner's wife Kelsey were able to connect via FaceTime. 

"It seems like he's an awesome guy," Landsteiner said. "He's like, 'Oh, I watched all the curling. I'm so excited that this is going to be how I get to meet you. I have to hand it to you in person.'" 

The Landsteiners are planning a trip to California to meet with Jones. They hope to take him to dinner and maybe surprise him with something of their own.



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