Olympians are found to be biting their medals while taking pictures with their winning medals. The medals aren’t made of chocolate, so why they do it?
There are quite some reason for doing so by athletes. But the most obvious reason from that being that photographers are actually liking to capture those poses. Probably they are thinking it as one of the shot which they can sell off.
Iconic Shot for Photographers:
David Wallechinsky who is the President of the International Society of Olympic Historians and also co-author of the book “The complete Book of the Olympics” commenting over the same on CNN in 2012 says, “It’s become an obsession with the photographers. I think they look at it as an iconic shot, as something that you can probably sell. I don’t think it’s something the athletes would probably do on their own.”
Biting down the hunk of the metal might be something which someone might have done during the event of Gold Rush for testing the shiny golden rock which they just panned for was actually pyrite or fool’s gold.
Teeth of humans are actually harder than gold but softer than pyrite, according to Mohs Hardness Scale. This scale categorises how easily minerals scratches.
Composition of Olympic Medals:
This specifically means that a quick gnaw over the real gold would actually be leaving an indentation.
A hard chew over the pyrite might actually be damaging one’s teeth.
This practice was actually used for viewing whether the medals were of solid gold or were of just gold-plated over a cheaper metal.
This was mainly being done because photographers think it to be cute. Because if someone do it for finding out whether it is of pure gold, their smiles would quickly fade away.
Olympic gold were actually only made of just 1.34 percent gold. Rest of the material includes sterling silver according to the reports by ABC news.
Much of the silver used in preparing gold includes recycled silver. This is making the 2016 Rio medals most sustainable medals ever made, according to the Forbes magazine contributor Anthony Demarco. Demarco says that the materials which are making up “gold medal” are worth to about $564.
Winning athletes are better being served by making sure that the checks which they receive for coming out on the top don’t bounce. Along with the gold medals, Olympians get a winning price of $25,000.