Gym­nast Olga’s gold medal nets RM297k

New Straits Times - - Sport -

How much is a 1972 gold medal won by Soviet gym­nast Olga Kor­but worth? Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent auc­tion, US$66,000 (RM297,000).

Olga let go of five of her medals, in­clud­ing the gold she won in team com­pe­ti­tion in 1972. Her­itage Auc­tions said in a re­lease on Tues­day her 1976 gold was auc­tioned for more than US$57,000 last week­end.

Olga, nick­named “The Spar­row from Minsk,” sprang onto the Olympic scene by per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics no one had seen be­fore. She won three gold and a sil­ver as a 17-year-old at the 1972 Mu­nich Games, and added a gold and sil­ver at Mon­treal in 1976.

Olga, who lives in Ari­zona, said she sold her medals to share her Olympic ex­pe­ri­ences, not be­cause she is in any sort of fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

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