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Explore the Glitters: All You Need To Know About Olympics Medals

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A successful candidate at the Olympic Games obtains an Olympics medal. There are 3 medals types to be won: gold, silver, and bronze, which are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. The distribution of Olympics medals is specified in the Olympic protocols.

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Athletes from all over the world have had to wait an additional year for their chance at the ultimate aim of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. At the Tokyo Olympics, decorated athletes such as gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky will be looking to add to their hardware collection, while some Team USA members will be hoping to take home their first medals.

When were medals first awarded at the Olympics Games?

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Triumphs at the ancient Olympics Games, which date back to 776 BCE, were adorned with olive wreaths rather than medals as seen in today’s competition.

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A brief history of the Olympics Medals

The custom of giving medals to victors began with the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The first-place winner gets a silver medal, the second-place winner received a bronze medal, and third-place finishers were left empty-handed. At the St. Louis Olympics in 1904, the now-famous tradition of gold, silver, and bronze medals commenced.

The prizes are designed by the organizing committee of the host city. The International Olympic Committee requires that each Olympics medal design include the following elements: Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of Panathinaikos Stadium, the official name of the respective Games (this summer will say “Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020”), and the Olympic five rings symbol.

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What do the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals look like?

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The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee oversaw the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project,” which collected tiny electrical items such as old cell phones across Japan. The project was the first in Olympic history in which a host country involved its citizens in the manufacturing of medals and used recycled materials to produce prizes for the Games.

The public was invited to participate in a design competition to submit suggestions for how the awards should appear. After receiving over 400 submissions, a design was chosen that represents the notion that athletes must “strive for success daily” to attain greatness.

Theme of Tokyo Olympics medals

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals will be designed on the themes of “light” and “brilliance,” and will resemble rough stones that have been polished to shine. The medals, which gather and reflect light patterns, are intended to represent the spirit of the Olympic competitors and their fans. The design of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic medal is meant to showcase the variety and to depict a society where individuals who work hard and compete are rewarded.

Do Olympians keep their medals?

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Some Olympians preserve their medals and exhibit them in their houses, while others conceal their medals in unusual places.

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After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, stated to Anderson Cooper that he keeps his gold medals wrapped in a T-shirt in a traveling cosmetics box. After the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, skier Mikaela Shiffrin told NBC that she kept her medals in her sock drawer. Christie Pearce (previously Rampone), a soccer player, admits to hiding her medals among her pots and pans, where she didn’t think anybody would check.

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How much are Olympics medals worth?

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Athletes have elected to sell their equipment. Medals aren’t worth anything before they’re presented to an Olympian. A melted-down gold medal from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics was worth around $577, a silver medal was for about $320, and a bronze medal was only about $3.50.

The value of the medals intensifies once they are in the hands of an Olympian. Wladimir Klitschko, a Ukrainian boxer, sold his gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for $1 million, which he later donated to a children’s charity. After selling his gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics on eBay, American swimmer Anthony Ervin was able to contribute $17,101 to tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean in 2004.

Top 10 countries with the most Olympics medals

  1. United States (2827 medals)
  2. United Kingdom (883 medals)
  3. Germany (855 medals)
  4. France (840 medals)
  5. Italy (701 medals)
  6. Sweden (652 medals)
  7. China (608 medals)
  8. Russia (546 medals)
  9. Norway (520 medals)
  10. Canada (501 medals)

Top 13 males with the most Olympics medals

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S.NAthleteCountrySportTotal Medals
1Michael PhelpsUSASwimming28
2Nikolai AndrianovSoviet UnionGymnastics15
3Boris ShakhlinSoviet UnionGymnastics13
4Edoardo MangiarottiItalyFencing13
5Takashi OnoJapanGymnastics13
6Paavo NurmiFinlandAthletics12
7Sawao KatoJapanGymnastics12
8Ryan LochteUSASwimming12
9Alexei NemovRussiaGymnastics12
10Mark SpitzUSASwimming11
11Matt BiondiUSASwimming11
12Viktor ChukarinSoviet UnionGymnastics11
13Carl OsburnUSAShooting11

Top 9 females with the most Olympics medals

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S.NAthleteCountrySportTotal Medals
1Larisa LatyninaSoviet UnionGymnastics18
2Birgit FischerGermanyCanoeing12
3Jenny ThompsonUSASwimming12
4Dara TorresUSASwimming12
5Natalie CoughlinUSASwimming12
6Věra ČáslavskáCzechoslovakiaGymnastics11
7Isabell WerthGermanyEquestrian10
8Ágnes KeletiHungaryGymnastics10
9Polina AstakhovaSoviet UnionGymnastics10

Summer Olympics medal designs

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1896AthensGreeceJules-Clément ChaplainParis Mint483.847
1900ParisFranceFrédérique VernonParis Mint59 x 413.253
1904St. Louis, MissouriU.S.Dieges & ClustDieges & Clust37.83.521
1908LondonGreat BritainBertram MackennalVaughton & Sons334.421
1912StockholmSwedenBertram Mackennal (obverse)
Erik Lindberg (reverse)
C.C. Sporrong & Co33.41.524
Josué DuponCoosmans594.479
1924ParisFranceAndré RivaudParis Mint554.879
1928AmsterdamNetherlandsGiuseppe CassioliDutch State Mint55366
1932Los AngelesU.S.Giuseppe CassioliWhitehead & Hoag55.35.796
1936BerlinGermanyGiuseppe CassioliB.H. Mayer55571
1948LondonGreat BritainGiuseppe CassioliJohn Pinches51.45.160
1952HelsinkiFinlandGiuseppe CassioliKultakeskus Oy514.846.5
1956MelbourneAustraliaGiuseppe CassioliK.G. Luke514.868
1960RomeItalyGiuseppe CassioliArtistice Fiorentini686.5211
1964TokyoJapanGiuseppe Cassioli and Toshikaka KoshibaJapan Mint607.562
1968Mexico CityMexicoGiuseppe Cassioli 606130
1972MunichGermanyGiuseppe Cassioli (obverse)
Gerhard Marcks (reverse)
Bavarian Mint666.5102
1976MontrealQuebecCanadaGiuseppe Cassioli (obverse)Royal Canadian Mint605.8154
1980MoscowRussiaGiuseppe Cassioli (obverse)
Ilya Postol (reverse)
Moscow Mint606.8125
1984Los AngelesU.S.Giuseppe CassioliJostens, Inc607.9141
1988SeoulSouth KoreaGiuseppe Cassioli (obverse)Korea Minting Security Printing Corporation607152
1992BarcelonaSpainXavier CorberoRoyal Mint of Spain709.8231
1996AtlantaU.S.Malcolm Grear DesignersReed & Barton705181
2000SydneyAustraliaWojciech PietranikRoyal Australian Mint685180
2004AthensGreeceElena Votsi 605135
2008BeijingChinaXiao YongChina Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation706200
2012LondonUnited KingdomDavid WatkinsRoyal Mint858–10357–412
2016Rio de JaneiroBrazil Casa da Moeda do Brasil856-11500
2020TokyoJapanJunichi KawanishiJapan Mint857.7-12.1450-556

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Winter Olympic medal designs

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1924ChamonixFranceRaoul BernardParis Mint55475
1928St. MoritzSwitzerlandArnold HunerwadelHuguenin Frères50.4351
1932Lake PlacidU.S. Robbins Company55351
1936Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermanyRichard KleinDeschler & Sohn1004324
1948St. MoritzSwitzerlandPaul Andre DrozHuguenin Frères60.23.8103
1952OsloNorwayVasos Falireus and Knut YvanTh. Marthinsen703137.5
1956Cortina d’AmpezzoItalyCostantino AfferLorioli Bros.60.23120.5
1960Squaw ValleyU.S.Herff JonesHerff Jones Company55.34.395
1964InnsbruckAustriaMartha Coufal (obverse)
Arthur Zegler (reverse)
Austrian Mint724110
1968GrenobleFranceRoger ExcoffonParis Mint613.3124
1972SapporoJapanYagi Kazumi (obverse)
Ikko Tanaka (reverse)
Mint Bureau of the Finance Ministry57.3 x 61.35130
1976InnsbruckAustriaMartha Coufal (obverse)
Arthur Zegler (reverse)
Austrian Mint705.4164
Lake PlacidU.S.
Gladys GunzerMedallic Art Company816.1205
1984SarajevoYugoslaviaNebojša MitrićZlatara Majdanpek and Zavod za izradu novčanica71.1 x 65.13.1164
1988CalgaryAlbertaCanadaFridrich PeterJostens695193
1992AlbertvilleFranceRené LaliqueRené Lalique929.1169
1994LillehammerNorwayIngjerd HanevoldTh. Marthinsen808.5131
1998NaganoJapanTakeshi ItoKiso Kurashi Craft Center808261
2002Salt Lake CityU.S.Scott Given, Axiom DesignO.C. Tanner8510567
2006TurinItalyDario QuatriniOttaviani10710469
2010VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanadaCorrine Hunt and Omer ArbelRoyal Canadian Mint1006500–576
2014SochiRussian FederationADAMASADAMAS10010460, 525, 531
2018Pyeongchang CountySouth KoreaLee Suk-woo 92.5 586, 580, 493

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Upcoming: Paris 2024 Olympics

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The 2024 Summer Olympics, scheduled for Paris, may be distant on the calendar, but the medal design has already been unveiled, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response. Embodying the spirit of the event’s motto, “made for sharing,” the design ingeniously crafted by Starck revolves around a singular medal that can be divided into three smaller ones. This innovative approach empowers winners to share their triumph with others they deem worthy of recognition.

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How are Olympic medal designs created?

Olympic medal designs are crafted by skilled artists and designers who capture the essence of the event’s theme and values.

How does the medal design reflect the values of the Olympics?

The medal’s design aligns with the Olympic spirit by promoting the idea of sharing success and acknowledging others’ contributions.

Who designed the innovative 2024 Paris Olympic medals?

The creative mind behind the unique medal concept is Starck, who cleverly incorporated the theme of sharing into the design.

What makes the 2024 Paris Olympic medals unique?

The 2024 Paris Olympic medals stand out with a design that embodies the event’s motto, “made for sharing,” allowing winners to split the main medal into smaller ones.

How are the materials for Olympic medals chosen?

The materials for Olympic medals are typically chosen based on factors like durability, cultural significance, and sustainability. Common materials include metals like gold, silver, and bronze.

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