Trivia

Hard

What Is An Olympic Gold Medal Primarily Composed Of?

Zinc
Silver
Brass
Gold
An Olympic gold medal.
International Olympic Committee

Answer: Silver

The only difference between a gold and silver Olympic medal—besides the superior athletic performance and loads of training required to get one over the other—is a small layer of pure gold on the exterior of the more prestigious medal. Both the gold and silver medals are 92.5 percent silver, but the gold medal has an additional six grams of pure gold plated over the top of it.

The very first modern Olympic games in 1896 didn’t even have gold medals—the winners were given a silver medal and an olive branch, and the runners-up were given a copper or bronze medal and a laurel branch. Gold medals were introduced in 1904 (and retroactively awarded to previous winners). The original gold medals were, in fact, solid gold. The tradition proved to be quite costly, however, and after the 1912 Olympic Games, the current practice of gold-plating a silver medal was instituted.

In addition to regulations on the metal composition of the medals, the Olympic Committee also requires that medals be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick.

Trivia

Hard

The Element First Discovered And Recorded By Modern Science Was?

Trivia

Hard

In 2009, Which Company’s Ill-Fated Advertising Campaign Had People Trading Facebook Friends For Coupons?

Trivia

Easy

Which Visible Color Has The Highest Frequency?

Trivia

Easy

The Month With The Most Birthdays In It Is?

Trivia

Hard

Male Mosquitoes Feed Exclusively On?

Trivia

Hard

What Information Sharing System Was Briefly More Popular Than The World Wide Web?

Trivia

Easy

In The Early 20th Century City-Dwelling Mothers Would Put Their Babies In What Curious Contraption?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Length Of Marathon Races Was Set By?

Trivia

Hard

Who Coined The Term “Cyberspace”?

Trivia

Easy

The Lowest Box Office Grossing Film In U.S. History Is?