Athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year could find themselves competing for an otherworldly prize - a piece of the meteorite which crashed in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February.
The meteor which exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, is understood to have `helped focus minds` on the threat posed by near-Earth
On the ninth day of the Games, February 15 2014, gold medal winners will also be awarded with special medals embedded with a fragment of the meteorite which crashed on that date a year earlier.
A man holds a meteorite fragment found near the Chebarkul Lake in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (Barcroft)
Seven finals are scheduled for that day, including the men`s 1,500m speedskating, two short track speedskating events, the men`s skeleton and the women`s super giant slalom.
The meteorite crash injured 1,600 people in the Chelyabinsk region and caused an estimated £21.5 million in damage.