Poland’s Piotr Malachowski recently auctioned his silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics to save a child from cancer. He won the medal in the men’s discus throw event of the track and field sport.
In a report by Sports Illustrated, Malachowski decided to sell his silver medal in order to fund the treatment of a 3-year-old child with an eye cancer. This is really a gutsy thing that the Polish did. He traded glory for a kind cause of saving a life of someone that is suffering from a life-threatening disease.
Piotr first announced his silver medal auction in his Facebook account. His reason for auctioning his Olympic prize is epic.
“Win an Olympic Medal for an athlete’s life fulfilling dreams. Of course, this is the most precious gold I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately, this time, it didn’t work. But fate gave me a chance to increase the value of my “Silver,” Malachowski said as translated from Polish to English in Facebook.
He added in his Facebook post that the auction was awarded to the wealthiest couple in Poland. They are named Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk.
Aside from his silver medal achievement in 2016 Rio Olympics, he also won the silver in the same event he competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Piotr’s silver medal win is really worth more than any gold medal winner who didn’t do what he did.
Photo courtesy: Piotr Malachowski/Facebook