Olympic Notes: 3kg Gold Coin For Sochi Games Purchased For $232,000
A gold coin weighing three kilograms and dedicated to the 2014 Sochi Olympics "was purchased Friday by an unnamed buyer in Russia’s Far East for $232,200." A spokesperson for the Sberbank's branch in the Amur Region said that the coin "is the heaviest and most expensive in the series of collectable coins to commemorate the Olympic Games in Sochi" (R-SPORT, 10/18). ... Australian sprinter Mel Breen "could be forced to retire after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if she doesn't receive funding from Athletics Australia following her appeal." Breen "didn't receive any funding when AA released its new contract system," with most of the money paid to top athletes and less help given to emerging talent (CANBERRA TIMES, 10/21).