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Murderous Maths Olympic Medal Facts

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Olympic gold medals are actually 92.5% silver!
They have a thin covering of 6 grams of gold.

Although the medals have to be at least 3mm thick and 60mm wide, recently they have got much bigger. They measure 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick and they weigh up to 500 grams.

Wearing a medal would feel like having a tin of soup hanging round your neck!

The last real gold medals were made in 1912.

For the Rio games in 2016 the silver used in a gold medal came from recycled mirrors and X-ray plates.

Usually medal winners also get a little bunch of flowers, but in Rio 2016, they each got a colourful medal holder.

The value of the metals in a 2012 gold medal was about $700.

2,488 medals were made for the 2016 games - 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze. spares!

In the 1896 games in Athens, they didn't have gold medals. The winners got silver and the seconds got bronze.

In 1900 in Paris the winners got works of art instead of medals.

In the 2016 Rio games, the medals for the Paralympic winners are hollow with a tiny steel ball inside, so that visually impaired people can identify them. When rattled, gold medals are the loudest and bronze medals are the quietest.


We offer our massive thanks and respect to everybody who has been involved with the Olympics and Paralympics! We love it.

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