But for a handful of past Olympians, there are things more important than winning—and keeping—a medal. He sold the medal to a private collector, who in turn sold it through an auction house for $310,700 in 2010. This is the heartbreaking note that accompanied the medal:“The gold medal symbolizes my personal accomplishments and our team's accomplishments being reached. As one of only 20 players to receive this gold medal, it has held a special place in my heart since February of 1980. Mark Pavelich’s gold medal went for an impressive $262,900 at an auction in 2014.