Ever Wondered Why Gold Medalists Bite Their Medal After Winning It?

Aug 15, 2016

If you are a keen observer than you might have noticed this as well that after winning a medal, gold medalists bite their medals. I know that hunger can sometimes be really disconcerting but this doesn’t make a good reason for getting a taste of hard-earned medal.
Hence, there has to be another reason behind it and there is. Find out for yourself.

The prominent cause behind it dates back to 1986.

The first Olympics were held in Athens and it was there that the practice was first noticed. However, it soon ended in Stockholm Olympics held in 1912.

Though, let’s discuss about some technicalities that led to the traditional biting of the gold medal.

Gold which was used for the formulation of gold medal before 1912 was made up of 100% gold but after that due to adulteration and other practices, the percentage came down. Currently, the medal is comprised of only 1.32% gold.

Can you guess how much a gold medal in Rio Olympics is worth? I know, the hard work done by the athletes cannot be compared to monetary value but just for the sake of knowing.

$600.
Yup, no kidding here. Not beating behind the bush any longer. Let’s find out why Olympians bite their medals.

Tooth enamel ranks very high on Mohs scale for being hard and it will definitely leave a mark on the gold medal.

Tooth enamel ranks very high on Mohs scale for being hard and it will definitely leave a mark on the gold medal.
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So when the athletes bit their medal back then, it was to make sure that the medal is comprised of 100% gold as their teeth mark will show on it, if this was the case.
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