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Check Out the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Medal Designs

Yes, the gold medals are made with real gold—but not as much as you might think
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The Rio 2016 medals are ready for their close-up.

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With the Summer Games fast-approaching, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled the designs for the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Olympics.

Each medal bears the Olympic logo on one side paired with the words “Rio 2016,” while the flip side has an image of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, in front of the Acropolis and Panathinaiko Stadium, the sites of the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896.

“Today marks the start of the final countdown to the first Olympic Games to be staged in South America,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at the unveiling event.

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The IOC also released a video showing how the medals were produced—all 2,488 of them, including 812 gold, 812 silver, and 864 bronze medals.

While all the competing athletes in Rio will be looking to bring home a gold medal, even top finishers will have to look elsewhere if they want some pure gold hardware. Olympic standards require that each gold medal be made of at least 92.5% silver and a minimum of 6 grams of gold, according to Forbes.

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The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics start on Aug. 5 and will run until Aug. 21, with television coverage coming from NBC and their family of networks.


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