Winter Olympics 2014
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 Researched and submitted by 6th and 7th graders

 

*Were the awards of the first modern Olympics the same as today’s?

  • In the first modern Olympics, hosted by Athens, Greece, first place winners were awarded with silver medals and olive branches. Second place winners were awarded with a bronze medal. Sadly, third place contestants were not awarded with anything. To conclude, the awards of the first modern Olympics were not the same as today’s.

Source:https://www.bbcamerica.com/twenty-twelve/extras/fun-facts-about-the-olympics/

Contributed by:Lizzie C.

 

 

*When was the last real gold medal given in the Olympics?

 

The last olympic gold  medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded from 1896 to 1912. The reason they are not made entirely out of gold is because there were too many gold medals being given out and they would soon not have anymore gold to hand out.

 Contributed by Eve Woods


 

*In the 1968 Winter Olympics, which country won the most medals, where was the Winter Olympics at?


 

Norway won the most medals of the 1968 Winter Olympics which took place in Grenoble, France.  This country won 6 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals and had a total of 14 medals. The bronze medals are made of copper mixed with zinc and tin.  The silver  medals contain 525 grams of silver and 960 hallmark.  The gold medals are made of 525 grams of silver, 960 hallmark, and 6 grams of gold with 999 hallmark.  The hallmark is a purity standard for expensive metals.


https://2010games.nytimes.com/medals/map.html

 

                                              

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2014/02/05/sochi-gold-medal-will-be-the-largest-in-olympic-history-heres-how-much-its-worth/

Contributed by Caroline Gee



 

*Are the gold medals still made entirely out of gold?

  • At one time, the gold medals were made entirely out of gold. Now the medals are sterling silver with at least 6 grams of gold plating. Stockholm was the last to see gold medals made entirely of gold, which was when they hosted the Summer 1912 Olympics.

Source:https://chemistry.about.com/od/gold/f/Are-The-Olympic-Gold-Medals-Real-Gold.htm

Contributed by:Lizzie C.


 

*What do Most People Not Know about the Olympic Medals?

 

    Colossus is a giant press designed specifically for the Olympic medals, and each medal takes approximately ten hours to create. Nike, the Greek goddess of sport, stepping out of the Parthenon, is the image on the front of every medal. Gold medals are also actually made of 92.5% silver, 1.34% gold, and copper fills in the rest. Contributed by Talia Grumet

 

https://news.oneindia.in/2012/07/17/facts-on-olympic-medals-92-5-pc-silver-1-34-gold-used-1036854.html

 



 

*Are there special medals for this year’s Olympics?

 

As a special treat this year, athletes who win on February 15 will win a special gold medal. Inside the gold medal is a piece of recent meteorite. The meteor crashed in Russia on February 15, 2013.



SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES, 11ALIVE.COM


SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES, SPORTS.TERRA.COM


Contributed By: Minghao C. and Kyle W.


 

*Are each of the Olympic’s medals different?

    The gold, silver and bronze medals are all designed by each host city’s representatives. Each medal must be at least three millimeters thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. The gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal covered in six grams of gold.Each Olympics" medals are individually designed.

       Contributed by: Anthony M


 

*How are the medals made and what are they made of?

 

    The Olympic medals are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city’s organizing committee. Each medal must be at least three millimeters thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. Also, the gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal covered in six grams of gold.

 

Contributed by: Tomas D.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_medal#Production_and_design

 

 

*What were given as awards before there were medals?

In Ancient Olympic games, olive wreaths was given as a prize to winners. It was an olive branch, of the  wild olive tree that grew at Olympia.

Contributed by-abigail


 

*Which countries have won the most medals in the winter Olympics?

 

In the lead is Norway with a total of 303 medals! Following close behind is the United states of America with a total of 253 medals. In third place is USSR, with 194 medals. These top three countries have won the most Winter Olympic

medals so far!


Contributed By: Bryan Chai


Source: Olympic https://www.olympic.it/english/medal/id_winter.htm