FEBRUARY 15, 2014 RUSSIA HONORS THE UNIVERSE & ATHLETES.
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February 15, 2014 will mark the one year anniversary of the event that grabbed the world’s attention by the throat; the Chelyabinsk Meteor Strike of 2013. On that day, gold medalists at the Sochi Winter Olympics will be rewarded with special commemorative gold medals with pieces of the meteor that violently came to Earth a year before. The 1.5 meter (5ft.), 654 kg (1442 lb.) superbolide meteor was recovered from Lake Chebarkul, Russia. Pieces of it were delivered to the MAOK art workshop in Zlatoust where they were set into the centers of the medals.
In total, 50 meteor medals were struck. 10 will be given to the Olympic Committees of those countries whose athletes win gold on February 15 and another 40 will be sent to private collections. The athletes will receive the commemorative medals in addition to their standard 2014 Sochi Olympic medals that all gold medalists will receive.
The meteor medals won’t be the only space related appearances in the 2014 Sochi Olympics; The Olympic Torch was fired into space onboard a Soyuz rocket where it then had a stay onboard the International Space Station (ISS). And let’s not forget that the athletes who win gold and silver throughout the entire games will be receiving artifacts from the most violent forces in the universe; colliding neutron stars and supernovae.
Seven sets of medals will be offered on February 15: In the men’s 1,500 meter speed skating, the women’s 1,000 meters and the 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.
Russia Today article on this: http://rt.com/news/sochi-medals-olympic-meteorite-474/