Sochi Olympic Gold Medals Aren’t Gold

Sochi Olympics gold silver and bronze medals

When gold medals are handed out at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, athletes will receive silver medals plated with gold. The last time the Olympic Games awarded solid gold medals was more than a century ago at the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden. This year’s silver medals, produced by Russian jeweler Adamas, are sterling silver while the bronze is made of an alloy of copper and zinc.

Olympic gold medals were all gold for only eight years, starting in 1904 when they were introduced at the games held in St. Louis.

That’s because gold became costly over the decades, especially in recent years. “Gold rallied more than fourfold from 2004 to 2011,

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2 Responses to Sochi Olympic Gold Medals Aren’t Gold

  1. Matt says:

    I had always thought that the gold medal was solid gold. Thank you for interesting facts.

  2. Tony Raso says:

    These games cost billions to hold. BILLIONS. To say they can’t afford real gold is a cop out. They just want the money for other things.

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