Some Sochi gold medals will have Russian meteorite fragments

July 25, 2013

Some Sochi medals will have a bit of meteorite in them. (Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / Getty Images)

Athletes who win gold medals on the ninth day of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi will get a little something extraterrestrial for their efforts.

Embedded in each goal medal awarded on Feb. 15, 2014, will be fragments of the meteorite that crashed in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on that date last winter. Seven finals are scheduled to be decided, including the super-G in which Lindsey Vonn is expected to compete.

“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,” Chelyabinski Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin said in a statement.

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