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So What Is Actually In Those Olympic Medals, Anyway?

At Sochi, a record 1,300 medals will be issued for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games, according to organizers. Each Gold Medal will contain gold and silver, each Silver Medal will contain silver, and each Bronze Medal will contain bronze produced from copper, tin, and zinc.

At one time, Olympic gold medals were real solid gold. However, the last time a solid gold medal was awarded was at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Modern Olympic gold medals are sterling silver that have been plated with real solid gold.

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) allows quite a lot of leeway in the production and design of Olympic medals, but there are some rules and regulations that they impose. Here are the rules for gold medals:

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