SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Australian gold-medal winners at the Sydney Olympics will have their winning performances made into postage stamps and on sale in less than 24 hours.
The instant stamps will be produced by digital technology, creating 200,000 stamps of every gold medallist on the night of victory.
"An Australian gold medalist could conceivably receive a letter of congratulations with their own stamp on it two days after they win a gold medal," Australia Post group manager David Maiden said.
Maiden said it normally takes 12-18 months to produce a stamp.
"During the Olympics, we will shorten that to 12 to 18 hours," he said.
Photographers will be at every final to capture the image, which will be e-mailed to Australia Post within an hour and dropped into a stamp template. The new domestic 45-cent stamp will be printed that night and distributed around the country.
The Australian Olympic Committee has a target of 20 gold medals for Australia at Sydney.