The current Olympic gold medal is made primarily of what metal?
As past Olympian champions know, "bringing home the gold" can’t be taken literally. That's because Olympic gold medals are made primarily from silver. As per International Olympic Committee regulations, modern Olympic gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and must contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold coating. When the first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896, the first-place winners were actually awarded silver medals, since silver was more sought-after at the time, while the runners-up got bronze medals.
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