The tradition of biting Olympic medals comes from the ancient practice of determining if a coin was authentic. Gold is especially malleable, so if your teeth leave an indentation, you know it’s real. Today, the gold medals are made of silver and contain just a fraction of gold, the silver medals are pure silver, and the bronze medals are made of copper. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the medals are made of recycled precious metals from Japanese electronics! It isn’t stopping athletes from recreating poses with the iconic “bite” (or byte in this case).
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