Olympic Gold Medals Are Made Of Silver

Gold Medal

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • host country: the nation that holds the event
  • IOC: International Olympic Committee
  • composition: what something is made of
  • gold-plated: containing a layer of gold on the surface
  • monetary value: the amount something is worth

Gold Medals Are Made Of Silver

Winning a gold medal in the Olympics is a reward like no other. But are the medals really made out of gold? Not entirely. gold medals are very expensive, and have not been to Olympians since 1912. Since then, Olympic gold medals have only contained a small percentage of gold. While the design of the is determined by the host country, the IOC does some rules about the metal composition. The gold-plated gold medals are made mainly of , but must contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold. The monetary value of the 2014 gold medals was approximately $550 US dollars.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What has changed about Olympic gold medals since 1912?
  2. What must an Olympic gold medal contain?
  3. How much was a 2014 gold medal worth at the time of the Olympics?

Discussion Questions: When it comes to Olympic standings, should “bringing home the gold” be the most important thing, or should countries be ranked by total medals? Or, perhaps you agree with some Olympic critics who feel that nations should stop counting altogether.

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4 Comments on Olympic Gold Medals Are Made Of Silver

  1. Editor says:

    @Zakumi: 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

  2. Hassan says:

    And good afternoon.
    First of all I am going to thak you for your iformative article.

    I really did not know what the Olympic gold medals are made of. I was thinking that a gol medal is 100% made of gold. But now I understand that it has only 6 grams of gold.
    And I now I know all about the olympic gold medals, like the price and percentage of gold in it.

  3. Ramniwas Bated says:

    This article is very knowdgeable as well as improvable my english.I appreciate this article. I have known what the gold medal is made of. A gold medal must contain six grams of gold for its prescribed monetary value worthwhile. A gold medal is realyy not made of completely gold but it has a layer of gold on its surface. Composition means what something is made of. Full form of IOC I have already known.I do’nt know what kind of comments you want but I understand that this is for my english language improvement.
    Thanking you.
    Yours Faithfully

  4. Zakumi says:

    Hi. There wasn’t a Olympic Games in 2014 … So, which medals are you referring to?! Guess you meant the 2012 London Games? 😉

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