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Olympian puts bronze medal up for sale

Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland hopes cashing in on her win raises enough money to take care of 5-year-old Zuzia, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, KING 5 reports.

Noceti-Klepacka, 26, placed third in the women's RS:X windsurfing competition.

Before the Games, she promised her young neighbor that if she won, she would sell the medal and give the proceeds to Zuzia's family.

Zuzia has undergone five operations and her family struggles to pay for the treatments.

In a translated interview with Polskie Radio, Noceti-Klepacka says she has known Zuzia since the girl’s birth and is praying the girl survives.

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal, chronic disease that targets the lungs and digestive system, causing infections and breathing difficulties, according to the Cystic Fibrosisi Foundation.

Noceti-Klepacka wouldn't be the first Olympian to sell a medal

In 2010, Mark Well's gold medal from the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team's win sold at an auction for more than $300,000.

Famed boxer Vladimir Klitschko's gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games fetched $1 million at an auction for charity in March, according to Reuters. However, while the lucky bidder handed over the cash, he returned the medal to Klitschko.

http://www.nydailynews.com/

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