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They’re not made of chocolate, but that doesn’t stop a huge number of Olympians biting their medals when posing for photos.
The very fact they’re posing for photos could be the reason why.
Olympic athletes have a habit of biting his medal, standing on a pedestal. The habit is as fun as strange. But the strangest thing in it is that nobody knows what they are doing.
“We have no idea why they do this, – admitted the site Business Insider , General Secretary of the International Society of Olympic Historians Anthony Biykerk .- As far as I know this is an old habit.”
NBC recently became interested in this issue and asked the question two former Olympic athletes. A journalist surprised. Athletes claim that bite the medals on the podium they are asked … photographers. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin and runner Don Harper -Nelson said that after they won their competitions and won awards, they were surrounded by a crowd of photographers, who demanded that they have bitten their awards.
“It has become an obsession with photographers , ” said David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and co – author of The Complete Book of the Olympics’ ( ‘The Complete Book of the Olympics’), in 2012, reports ‘The Washington Post’ . “I think they see it as an iconic shot, as something that can probably sell. I do not think it’s something that athletes want to do on their own , ” he adds.
The practice of biting the metal lies in the idea of testing the purity of gold coins and check that, indeed, is made of the precious metal or on the contrary, despite having the appearance thereof, it is plated pyrite (a cheaper material which is also used to produce coins). Human teeth are stronger than gold but that pyrite, so the latter material damaged teeth.
Olympic gold medals have actually just 1.34% of that metal, the remainder being silver (93%) and copper (6%), reports ABC News. JJ medals. OO. Rio 2016 are made largely from recycled silver, making them “more sustainable” world, says collaborator ‘Forbes’ Anthony DeMarco, adding that the materials that make up the medal ‘gold’ have a value of 564 dollars. Only in the JJ. OO. 1904, 1908 and 1912 gold medals solid were used.