Why Do All Olympic Athletes Bite Their Medals Right After They Win The Match?
Over the years you might have seen Olympic athletes biting their medals right after they have won it. Random thoughts might waver through your mind with some thinking if this would be some kind of ritual.
You might have noticed a grin across the face of Olympians when they pretend to bit the medal.
So, why do the Olympians do so?
International Society of Olympic Historians President David Wallechinsky points that Olympians do so as they wish to satisfy the waiting media who wish for an exciting pose of the winners.
This pose has become an obsession with the media and they want to sell it as soon as possible. If left to them, any Olympian would rather not do so points David Wallechinsky.
David also pointed that he saw this practice more prominently in Rio Olympics than any of the previous ones. The trend was noticed more among swimmers than any other sportsperson.
Pictures have captured gymnast Gabby Douglas, track champion Sanya Richards-Ross and Ryan Lochte, the acclaimed swimmer biting their Olympic medals just after winning them.
However, this phenomenon of biting the medal is not restricted to Olympics only. In fact Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal also does the same with his trophies, whenever he wins some.
Biting into metal has some interesting historical connections too. Money handlers bit down on coins to test the authenticity of the same. In fact Gold is a comparatively softer metal and shows signs of wearing down when distressed a lot.
It is also noteworthy here to debate on the quantity of gold in the gold medal. Any gold medal now consists of 1.34% of gold which comes to around 6 grams of gold. 93% of the medal is silver while the rest is copper.
The medals were made of solid gold during three Olympics of 1904, 1908 and 1912 but the size of medals was comparatively smaller.