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Polish discus thrower, Piotr Malachowski, won a silver medal at the Olympics in Rio this year. 

This would be a proud moment for any athlete, but for Piotr, winning this medal meant a lot more. 

The athlete had received a letter from a desperate parent.

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This mum's name was Goshia, and her three-year-old son, Olek, was suffering from retinoblastoma, which is cancer of the eye.

Piotr was moved by this woman's story, and made the decision to auction off his medal to raise money to save little Olek's sight. 

In a heartfelt Facebook post, the Olympian said that “for an athlete, to win an Olympic medal is a dream come true… however, fate has given me a chance to increase the value of my silver."

The money made from the selling of his medal will go towards an operation that will save Olek's life, and his sight. 

Real heroes do exist! 


Just two days after the Olympic Games 2016 kicked off, two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knife point by two Brazilian teenagers while walking back to their hotel. 

The coaches were heading back to their rooms after a team meeting following the opening ceremonies, when they were approached by two teens. 

The two Brazilian youths were carrying long knives and acting in a threatening way, according to the coaches.

One of the coaches was grabbed around the throat before the attackers fled with credit cards, mobile phones and an Australian team blazer.

The Australian Olympic Committee's security chief Greg Nance said that the coaches were very shaken by the incident.

"It was enough to scare the pants off anyone really."

As a result of this attack, athletes based outside the Olympic Village have been advised not to leave their accommodation after 6pm. 

Australian team members have also been warned to wear casual clothes when they're out in public and to keep their athletic accreditation hidden. 

Olympics 2016: Australian Rowing Coaches Robbed at Knifepoint in Rio

The Australian team have been the target of numerous violent crimes since arriving in Rio.

Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed at gunpoint a few days before the games kicked off, and the team reported theft in the Olympic Village, which has resulted in them moving to alternative accommodation. 

The Australian team has called for Olympic officials to improve their security following Friday's robbery. 

"The host city has a responsibility to protect all the athletes and officials," he said. "They need to lift their game." 


It’s no secret that Katie Taylor is made of tough stuff and the boxing champion proved she’s not about to go soft any time soon when she used Twitter yesterday to deliver a rather harsh message.

As the world's Olympic golf hopefuls continue to drop out of the upcoming Rio games over fears surrounding the zika virus, Katie took to social media to give her opinion on the situation.

She wrote: “Another one bites the dust. I wonder what excuse the golfers would of made if there was no virus.”

Attached to the tweet was a link to Australian golfer Jason Day’s dropout statement.

Katie’s tweet came just after Day’s announcement and shortly before Shane Lowry added his name to the list of golfers – which already included Rory McIlroy – who will not be putting themselves forward for Olympic selection.

The golfers are concerned that the zika virus could potentially affect their families who would intend on travelling to Rio should they participate in the Olympics.

But no matter how many golfers drop out at least we know Katie will be there in fighting form.


Less than a year ago Olympian Michael Phelps announced on social media that he was busted for drunk driving. Not once, but twice.

It is hard to believe but there was a time not too long ago when the champion swimmer’s coach was worried about what state he would find Michael in when he showed up for training.

Following his DUI arrests, Michael went to rehab for treatment and also faced a six-month suspension from competitive swimming.

In a recent interview with the press though, the man with the most Olympic gold medals in history seems determined to but those days behind him, according to reports in People magazine.

At least until after the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

The 30-year old told the media this week, “Before I even went to court, I said to myself that I'm not going to drink until after Rio – if I ever drink again.”

While Michael will not be competing in the world championships due to his suspension, he will be competing this week in the U.S championships and has been determined to get himself back on track. He says that in the past he hasn't much that much effort into his sobriety:

"Going into 2008 and 2012, I didn't do that. I didn't say I was going to take a year off from drinking and not have a drink." 

“I go to bed earlier. I sleep more. I wake up every day and have a completely clear head. I don't feel like my head went through a brick wall.”

He admits that some days he is tempted to ditch the training and have a pint instead, he knows it will be worth the hard work in the end.

"I have a year left in my career," he said. "If I really want it bad enough, I will make that sacrifice." 

The 18-times gold medallist also announced his engagement to Nicole Johnson earlier this year. He has said that therapy has helped in confront his issues.

“I feel like I've learned so much about myself, who I truly am. I can honestly say there aren't many people who have seen who I really am."