Swimmer lucky to get olympic medal returned

September 17, 2008 5:18:31 AM PDT
Olympic swimmer Brendan Hansen might want to keep his gold medal around his neck.

He lost it on a flight from Philadelphia to Texas.

But Hansen still has more than a Speedo to show for his Olympic triumph in Beijing.

He's gotten his medal back thanks to an honest fellow passenger.

A young woman found the medal on a Southwest Airlines flight and contacted police, who put her in touch with the University of Texas athletic department.

Hansen met the student, got his medal back and gave her a reward.

The student says she'll donate the money to charity.

Hansen won his medal as part of the 400-meter medley relay, the race that gave Michael Phelps his record eighth gold.