Some gold medal winners at the Sochi Winter Olympics could receive unique medals embedded with meteorite fragments, Russian officials said Wednesday.
Athletes who win their events on February 15, 2014 will be offered the special medals, R-Sport reports. The medals will commemorate the one-year anniversary of a meteorite strike that injured 1,600 people and damaged the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February. The meteorite chips are made of common chrondite.
There will be seven sets of medals to award winners on February 15 for the men's 1,500 meter speedskating, the women's 1,000 meter 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 the men's skeleton events.
In all, 98 sets of medals will be offered in 15 sports at the Olympics, which will run February 7 through 23 in 2014.