The dream of every sportsperson is to win an Olympic medal. These medals are awarded to those in the top three places in each event, with winners receiving a gold medal, those in second place being awarded a silver medal and those in third place receiving a bronze medal. During the awards ceremony after each event, the national anthem of the winner's country is played, and then the medals are presented to the three medal winners. This is an unforgettable moment of great pride for the athletes and their families, their friends, and all the people of their country.
||Silver medals are awarded to competitors who come in second place.
||to give someone something as a reward for high achievement
||Athletes receive their medals at an awards ceremony after each event.
||a formal presentation of awards, e.g. for university degrees or sporting medals
||The winner of an Olympic event is awarded a gold medal.
||a piece of engraved metal given to signify an achievement or an honor
||The flags of all three countries are flown, but only the winner's national anthem is played.
||a country's official national song
||The medals are usually presented by senior Olympic officials.
||to formally hand over something such as an award, a certificate, or a medal
||Her parents felt great pride as they watched their daughter being presented with her medal.
||joy in one's own achievement, or in the achievement of a friend or relative
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Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey