Tony Martin (Germany) on the podium after winning silver behind ITT winner Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Tony Martin auctions treasured Olympic silver medal for Ukrainian children

The retired German pro hopes to play a ‘small part’ to help the children and families worst affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

by Kit Nicholson

photography by Getty Images

Tony Martin is auctioning of the coveted silver medal that he won in the individual time trial at the London 2012 Olympics, eager to do what he can to help some of the most vulnerable Ukrainians.

“Everyday I see the terrible pictures from Ukraine in tv and it feels so wrong to sit on the couch and accept this situation!” Martin wrote on Instagram. “I pay my deepest respect to everybody who helps the people that need to be protected the most: the Ukrainian kids and their familys.”

Many in the cycling world have made efforts to help those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – most notably, former pro and current Trek-Segafredo director Yaroslav Popovych is taking leave from team duties to ferry supplies to his home country, and Lachlan Morton has raised over $200,000 by cycling the 1,063 km from Munich to the Poland-Ukraine border, showing that war is ‘just a ride away’.

“I also want to do my small part and help,” Martin said. “That’s why I decided to donate my olympic silver medal from London 2012 to raise money for RTL – Wir helfen Kindern [we help children]. It’s not easy to separate me from the biggest trophy I could win in my career but considering the fact that millions of people lost almost everything, it is something I really want to do!”

The auction is open until April 9 and is being hosted on the United Charity website.

“I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people of Ukraine will get back their peace and freedom very soon!”

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