I find how Politifact interprets what is true and false to be bull****. In this case, for example, they agree that the tax liability could really get as high as $9,000, as that is what the law says. They then go on some rant about how the max amount would likely never get hit, so the true statement is now false. Cookoo, cookoo.
And now you say that since the value of the medal is so low, even if it is taxed, your statement still stands. This isn’t rocket science. You win a monetary award or you win a prize on wheel of fortune, etc, etc, you have to pay tax on the value of those prizes. Money or not. $5,000, or $5, it is taxable income. Athletes are taxed on the medals, which is the opposite of your claim so your statement does not stand.
I rule both politifact and you as liar liar, pants on fire.