The Olympics are a culmination of years — sometimes a lifetime — of hard work, dedication and focus.
An Olympic medal is a symbol that represents those things, while at the same time proving that you are one of the best in the entire world at your chosen discipline.
But Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski found something more important than the silver medal he won in Rio.
Malachowski returned to his home country and immediately put his medal up for auction in an effort to raise money for Olek Szymanski, a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.
According to ESPN, the price for the medal had reached $19,000 on Tuesday when Malachowski prematurely pulled it down. He took to Facebook and announced that Polish billionaires Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk had agreed to purchase the medal for the remaining cost of the surgery.