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OLYMPIC MEDAL SOLD TO PAY MEDICAL BILL
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Belarus skier, Alexei Grishin, sells his Olympic gold won at 2010 Vancouver Games to help a friend.






The 40-year-old Olympian has auctioned the gold medal he won at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in the aerials to pay for a close friend's medical treatment.

According to the company hosting the auction, it's the first time that a Vancouver medal has been sold to the public.

It was sold for  US $68,750 (£56,480 / €61,631).

At the time of the auction the medal was estimated to be worth around $50,000.


Grishin's victory at the 2010 Games is particularly historic as it was the first gold medal that Belarus had ever won in the Winter Olympics.

And so it's important to note that the medal will be staying on home turf.

The winning bid came from a collector from Belarus.

The situation is described as a win-win for everyone:

"We're thrilled that medal will be returning to Belarus," said Executive Vice-President of RR Auctions Bobby Livingston.

"Grishin plans to use the proceeds from the sale to pay for an operation and related medical expenses of a close friend.

"Everyone involved is a winner in this sale."

Grishin has also sold the Olympic bronze won at Salt Lake City in 2002 for $28,410 (£23,342 / €25,468).


About the medals

The medals created for Vancouver 2010 were designed by Omar Arbel and Corrine Hunt.

615 medals were made and no two are the same.

"Among the most beautiful and innovative of all Olympic medals, those created for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games feature Canadian aboriginal art and a unique undulating form, the first Olympic medal to
have such a design," it's written in the RR Auction catalogue.

The medal is the heaviest in Olympic history.

Image ©RR Auction Belarus freestyle skier Alexei Grishin has sold his Olympic gold from Vancouver 2010 for nearly $70,000 ©RR Auction













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