Apparently meteorites and medals don’t mix. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told Russian authorities that they can’t give out the special meteorite medals commemorating the anniversary of last year’s spectacular Chelyabinsk fireball to gold-medal-winning athletes during ceremonies.
It’s perfectly fine to do so after the Olympic games and separate from them but not before. The IOC wants to keep the games free of any outside influences especially during competitions and ceremonies.
While disappointed, I understand the decision. Even though meteorite-embedded medals are anything but commercial, I suppose someone might suggest other less savory commemorations connected to politics, battles or buildings.
We hope the athletes will get their due after the 23rd.
Compilation of dashcam and security camera videos of the Chelyabinsk fireball
Today marks the first anniversary of the Feb. 15, 2013 Chelyabinsk meteorite fall – the largest witnessed meteorite fall since the Tunguska Event in 1908 which also occurred over Russia. Enjoy the truly amazing video compilation. If you’d like more information and pictures showing just how amazing this meteorite is, check out today’s article on Universe Today.