Salumäe's Gold Medal Arrives at the Sports Museum
Erika Salumäe's gold medal from the 1988 Seoul Olympic games will be unveiled today at the Estonian Sports Museum in Tartu after Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) President Neinar Seli bought the medal at an auction last year.
The medal was a present to the museum by Seli, and will be exhibited at the museum until June 22, Postimees reported today.
Seli bought one of her two track cycling Olympic gold medals at an auction in November last year for 29,000 euros, while the buyer of the second medal remained a mystery for a month, but was later revealed to have been purchased by the Port of Pärnu for a similar price.
Salumäe, 52, auctioned off 16 other lots, including trophies, mementos and equipment such as her bicycle from Barcelona, all the way down to her personal Olympic souvenirs. The souvenirs went for 100 euros at Sotheby's, while the bicycle was bought for 8,000 euros.
The former cyclist is believed to be battling ill health and has been raising funds for operations.