Special Sochi Olympic Medals Will Have Russian Meteor Fragments

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 24, 2013

Photo Credit: R-Sport
Photo Credit: R-Sport

Olympians fortunate enough to get a gold medal on Feb. 15, 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics will have an extra little gift from outer space embedded into their medals. 

Yahoo! Sports' Maggie Hendricks spotted a peculiar report on a wonderful idea over at R-Sport. Essentially, pieces of the famous meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk will be placed into medals given out exactly one year after that remarkable moment.

Chelyabinsk region culture minister Alexei Betekhtin stated, "We will hand out our medals to all the athletes who will win gold on that day, because both the meteorite strike and the Olympic Games are the global events."

Winning gold in any Olympic event has to be an amazing accomplishment that stays with athletes for the rest of their lives. The medal serves as a reminder of their accomplishment as well as their lifetime sacrifice to training. 

So really, a gold medal by itself remains one of the ultimate accolades any athlete, amateur or professional might garner in his or her career.  Adding a sprinkle of the famous meteor makes these medals all the more priceless.

As R-Sport states, there will be seven chances to grab a rare piece of history: 

Seven sets of medals are on offer on February 15: in the men's 1,500 meter speedskating, the women's 1,000m and men's 1,500 short track, the women's cross-country skiing relay, the men's K-125 ski jump, the women's super giant slalom, and men's skeleton events.

Back on Feb. 14, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, a blast that was well covered by a region utilizing a great many dash-cams on cars. 

While ubiquitous videos poured throughout the Internet, startling facts trickled out about how powerful an explosion it really was. The blast sent shockwaves across the globe and ended up injuring more than 1,200 people, according to Andrey Kuzmin of Reuters.

It was a day that will not soon be forgotten by many and demands remembering a year later. 

When the Winter Olympics close, select athletes will show off their gold medals to fans and throw in the fact that a little piece of a giant space rock is in there. Now how cool is that?


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