What are Olympic medals made of?

What are Olympic medals made of?

Medal science

So exactly what was in that gold medal that Usain Bolt won?

Duh! Gold, silver and bronze, right?

Wrong!

The last Olympic gold medal that was made from gold was awarded in 1912.

So what are Olympic medals made of?

It is very expensive to make the medals out of gold, silver and bronze. Those metals are quite rare.

Instead, cheaper metals are used. Every athlete still wants to win a medal, no matter what the medal is made of!

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The London 2012 Olympic medals are lighter that the Vancouver Olympic medals, because 5,000 more medals will be awarded.

If the Summer Olympic medals were the same weight as the Winter Olympic medals, it would be very expensive to make them all!

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