Not every athlete attending the Olympic games gets the opportunity to stand on the winner’s podium. After years and years of dedication, training, and hard work, only the most elite athletes enjoy the luxury of taking a medal home.
The medal represents more than just the metallic element handed out. It represents the fruit of labour and sacrifice it took to achieve success. Many athletes pass their medals down to their families as a heirloom.
Piotr Małachowski from Poland won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio in discus throw. Instead of keeping the award to himself, the man chose to auction it after he received an email from a woman in his native country asking for his help. The stranger asked the Olympian to help her raise money for her son who is in desperate need of a retinoblastoma procedure in New York.