|[L] Natalia Godunko performing Rhythmic Gymnastics [R] Gold Medal being auctioned for Ukrainian Army|
Natalia Godunka, a 29 year old world class Rhythmic Gymnast from Ukraine, decided to auction her team Gold Medal from the 2001 World Championships in Madrid to support the Ukrainian army in the War of the Donbass (Eastern Ukraine).
To get an idea of the caliber of athlete Godonko is, witness her frenetic but flawless ribbon performance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Godunka boyfriend, musician Sasha Polozhynsky, announced the auction of the medal on Facebook. Plozhynsky regrets that Godunka put the medal up for auction but since it has been bid upon, he hopes that it will raise more money and inspire others to also help fund the cause.
In one day, the auction had garnered bids had garnered bids up to $843 US. The auction runs until August 10th, 2014.
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia a couple of Ukrainian athletes protested violence at the Euromaiden protests in Kiev by Russian backed paramilitaries by not showing up to their events.
Godunko sacrificing her gold medal to support her country's army to inspire shared sacrifice to forestall Finlandization of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionistic incursions using non-linear warfare.
Many celebrities will spout off about causes about which they know little or that lending their support comes at no cost. It is admirable that Ukrainian athletes like Natalia Godunko as well as Olg and Bohdana Matsohski are willing to personally sacrifice for their country and their freedom.
h/t: Ukrainian Pravda