Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland won the bronze medal in the women's RS-X at the London Olympics, a windsurfing event that involved a heavy sailboard.
Now she intends to sell it — but for a very worthy cause.
Noceti-Klepacka has a neighbuor named Zuzia, a five-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. She requires constant care, and that care has proven to be a financial challenge to her family. She's also Noceti-Klepacka's biggest fan.
So Noceti-Klepacka vowed before the Summer Games that if she won a medal, she would put it up for auction, with the proceeds going to Zuzia and her family.
She placed third in the women's RS-X final, finishing just three seconds ahead of a rival from Finland and capturing the bronze medal for Zuzia.
No word yet on how and where the medal will be auctioned.
Via Polskie Radio, Noceti-Klepacka said:
"Susan is my neighbour, I've known her since birth. I've seen that she has had problems, how many times she was in the hospital, she spent so much time there with her mom.
"Everyone here is praying that Susan survives. Not everyone can see it, but cystic fibrosis can be a fatal disease. Before the Games I said I was going to London to try and win a medal for her."
No word yet on how and where the medal will be auctioned but hopefully it will raise a big sum.
Greg Wyshynski | Fourth-Place Medal