quarta-feira, 31 de julho de 2013

Gold medals at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to contain piece of meteorite: Video

Gold medal winners at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia could have an extra special glow about them, especially if they happen to win one on February 15.

To mark the one-year anniversary of a meteorite crashing down to earth in Chelyabinsk in the southern part of the country on February 15, 2013, the 7 gold medals won that day will feature a piece of the space rock.

The meteor strike, which resulted in many buildings being damaged and hundreds of Russian’s being injured, was the largest recorded for over a century.

Alexei Betekhtin, culture minister for the Chelyabinsk region said: ‘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.’

The seven medal events taking place that day include men’s speedskating, ski jumping and the skeleton.

The medals will not be the only space related item at the Games, Russia will also launch a special Olympic torch into the atmosphere where it will be taken on a space walk on November 9.

Source: metro.co.uk

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