An Olympic medal represents years of hard work and dedication to your craft. It will be a symbol of excellence in whatever sport you have chosen. An Olympic medal embodies a lot of intangibles for an athlete but there is a far greater reason to sell it than to keep it.
After Piotr Malachowski won the silver medal in Rio for discus throwing, he decided to put it to better use. To sell it seems to be out of the question for some athletes but Piotr Malachowski did just that.
Piotr is a big man. He uses his size to dominate the sport that he loves and it has paid off. He won the silver medals in both the Summer Olympics and in Rio.
As soon as he got home from Rio, he put his medal up for auction and the reason will surprise you.
He did it to help a young boy named Olek Szymanski. The money from the sale of his medal will be used to pay for his cancer treatment.
Malachowski wanted to help Olek from a rare eye cancer they call retinoblastoma.
The boy needed about $126,000 for the possibly life-saving surgery. A foundation already raised about one-third of that. Piotr hoped to raise the rest with the medal he worked so hard for after in years of training.
Their campaign was starting to get some recognition when the athlete pulled it down. He had great news. He told the people that Polish billionaires, Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, agreed to purchase the medal for the balance needed for the surgery.
At present, that Olympic medal now holds more value. Tt helped save the life of a young boy rather than just collect dust in a drawer somewhere. This is the true meaning of the Olympics. That should live on long after the games. This is what true sportsmanship is all about.