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Why Do Olympians Bite Their Gold Medals After Winning?

Winning Gold medals is one thing but biting them is something that surely qualifies to be the talk of the town. Gold medalists that already have a respect worth multi-trillions and a bank balance worth enough to let them eat in the world's best 7-star hotels are more interested in eating something else, yes, their own Gold medals. Rio Olympics 2016 is the proof of just that!

Why would they want to do that? Why would they want something they have earned after years & years of strenuous training and competing with the world's creamy layer of top most athletes to get crushed between their Ironman jaws?

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Why Do Olympians Bite Their Gold Medals After Winning?

Why Do Olympians Bite Their Gold Medals After Winning?

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The real reason dates back to the start of the Olympics in 1896

First Olympics medal

Yes, you heard it right! The very first Olympics held in Athens saw the beginning of a very unique practice wherein the winner of the Gold were all seen biting their medals before anything else. This famous practice, however, ended in the Stockholm Olympics 1912.

But what changed? Let's find out..

Let me throw some light and let your brain seep in some Golden Technicalities before revealing the truth..

Biting gold medals

Gold used in the manufacturing of these coveted medals share a reality you do not know. The Gold used before 1912 used to be 100% pure, yes, HUNDRED PERCENT! 

But later, as adulteration, sorry, as the world moved forward, the percentage of purity went down. In 2016 Rio Olympics, the gold medal has 1.34 percent of gold.

So how much do the Gold Medals awarded in Rio Olympics 2016 worth? (By worth, I don't want to offend any feelings that rightly call them priceless)

So how much do the Gold Medals awarded in Rio Olympics 2016 worth? (By worth, I don't want to offend any feelings that rightly call them priceless)

600$!

Yes, but are we questioning all this? Because the Photo Ops in the Rio Olympic village are busy in not missing any single chance to click the athletes while they taste the Gold making us eager to know the reason.

Well, no more going out of topic, here comes the real reason.

Tooth enamel ranks harder than Silver on the Mohs scale and teeth are strong enough to leave a mark when biting pure Gold

Biting Gold medal

As my smart readers would've already guessed, players back in the early 20th century used to bite their Gold medals just to check and make it sure that the medal they've received is made out of pure gold. They never used to get convinced unless they see their teeth marks on the medals.

This can be termed as a traditional method to check the purity of Gold.

Michael Phelps did the same when he won his 4th Gold medal of Rio Olympics 2016

Michael Phelps did the same when he won his 4th Gold medal of Rio Olympics 2016

If he was a nation, he would be ranked 32nd in the medals tally with 25 medals to his name until now with many more to go.

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The Gold medals biting really made these American sportswomen look even better!

American team Olympics gold

David Moeller, an Olympian once got his tooth chipped off while biting his Silver medal in a famous Olympics incident.

Here is the video that reveals it all.

Simon Whistler explains the whole thing for you..

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