Cosmic medals will be given to athletes, who win either one of seven Olympic events to be held on February 15, 2014, just one year after a meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk. Shards of that very space rock would be inserted into medals, announced Chelyabinsk Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin on Wednesday.
“We will hand out our medals to all the athletes who win gold on that day because both the meteorite strike and the Olympic Games are global events,” Betekhtin said.
Seven medal sets offered on February 15 are in the men's 1,500 meter speed skating, 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.
A year ago a meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Siberia, injuring about 1,500 people and smashing windows not only in the city, but also in neighboring areas. No deaths were reported.
It was believed to be a meteor shower, but afterwards Russian news agencies confirmed it was a single meteorite. The videos of the meteorite filmed by dash-cams on cars appeared on the Internet immediately after the incident and have been viewed millions of times.
Voice of Russia, RIA