US curler John Landsteiner lost his Olympic ring on a beach in California

He found John Landsteiner's ring on a beach in California.
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Even heroes have heroes, just ask John Landsteiner. 

Landsteiner, an Olympic hero after helping the U.S. men's curling team win an improbable gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang games in South Korea, needing some secondhand saving after he lost a prized piece of memorabilia. 

The Minnesota native who was born in Mankato and lives in Duluth lost his ring at Huntington Beach in California, where he was attending ESPN's ESPY Awards in July, according to the Pioneer Press

A search for the ring turned up nothing, and Landsteiner and his family returned to Minnesota without the ring. 

This is where a man named Leon Jones enters the story. 

"Uh oh. Uh oh. Do you see what I see?" Jones says in a video he posted to YouTube. "Oh my goodness. Do you see that?" 

Jones, walking Huntington Beach with a metal detector, had stumbled upon Landsteiner's ring, buried in what doesn't appear to be more than an inch of sand. 

"Well, that's what I'm talking about right there. That is what I am talking about. I don't know what it is – well, I know what it is. It's a diamond ring. Look at that." 

Jones soon realized that he had found Landsteiner's ring, and found a way to get in contact with him to give it back. 

Based on Jones' comments on YouTube, he'll be meeting up with Landsteiner to return the ring this week. 

"I thanked him many times and look forward to meeting him," Landsteiner said in a tweet. 

It was actually the second ring that Jones found on the beach that day. 

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