Some Sochi Olympic medals will contain meteorite fragments

The gold (left) and bronze medals manufactured for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. (SERGEI...

The gold (left) and bronze medals manufactured for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. (SERGEI KARPUKHIN/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

If Canadian racer Jon Montgomery, gold medalist in men's skeleton at the Vancouver Olympics, repeats as champion at next year's Sochi Olympics, he will take home a unique type of medal.

The first place finishers for Sochi's Feb. 15 events will receive medals with meterorite fragments embedded inside, Russian officials announced Wednesday. Seven events, including Montgomery's event, men's skeleton, wrap up that day.

On Feb. 15 this year, a meteorite struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,600 people. Fragments from the meteorite will be chipped off and inserted into select medals.

“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,” Russia's region culture minister, Alexei Betekhtin, said in a statement.

The other events affected by the announcement include: men's 1,500-metre speedskating, women's 1,000-metre and men's 1,500-metre short track speedskating, women's cross-country skiing relay, men's K-125 ski jump, and women's super giant slalom.

The Sochi Olympics run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23, 2014.


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