The gold medal is the ultimate goal of any athlete taking part in the Olympic Games. However, for this year, there will be extra incentive for anyone competing in the games on February 15: a chunk of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb 15, 2013.
Local officials in the Southern Urals have announced that they will offer athletes winning a gold medal a special commemorative medal in addition to those awarded at the Olympic Games themselves. The prize: a gold medal with a piece of the Chelyabinsk Meteor set in the center. Why the date? It was on February 15, 2013 that a meteor exploded near the city of Chelaybinsk in the most powerful meteor impact since the famous Tunguska Incident of 1908.
Fragments of the meteor were later recovered from a lake.
According to local government officials, 50 commemorative medals were struck, with 10 set to go to Olympic winners. The presentations will not be a part of the games and there is no word as to who will get the other medals.
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