The Tradition of Athletes Biting Their Olympic Medals

2014 winter Olympics gold medal

Now that gold, silver and bronze medals have begun to be awarded at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games, there is a good chance that you’ll see the athletes putting them into their mouths as they attempt to take a bite out of them. In fact, the act of biting down on the recently won medal has become such a common event that McDonald’s even has a commercial airing which highlights this practice. That begs the question, what is the history behind this tradition?

The act of biting down on a coin seems to be a relic of earlier times when coins were actually made of pure gold and silver. Biting down on a coin was a quick and easy way to confirm whether it was real or counterfeit. Si


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2 Responses to The Tradition of Athletes Biting Their Olympic Medals

  1. yaskary polanco says:

    love it

  2. Daniel Hermann says:

    It would more effective if they shoot a moving collage showing the athelete going through his rigorous training moves, then a shot of his actual event where he won, followed by him on the victory stand with the medal around his neck. This puts things in perspective and provides a human connect.

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