Receiving an Olympic gold medal is special. The athlete is immediately entered into a very select group. Now, on Feb. 15, there will be an even more select group.
The Associated Press reports that the winners of the 10 gold medals awarded on Feb. 15 will also receive special commemorative medals that include fragments of a meteorite that crashed into Russia. Feb. 15 is the one-year anniversary of the meteorite's impact into a lake in the Urals in central Russia. The meteorite caused significant damage and hurt more than 1,000 people in the Chelyabinsk region.
Forty more medals with a chip of the space rock are being crafted and will be sold to private collectors.
Another report, this one by Radio Golos Rossii, stated that a total of 1,400 medals will be awarded at the Sochi Games and about 100 more will be kept at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.