# Why are Olympic gold medals made of silver?

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## Do Olympic gold medals contain more silver than gold?

However, Olympic gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and must contain a minimum of six grams of gold. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medals contain more than six grams of gold plating on pure silver. Silver medals are pure silver while bronze medals are red brass (95% copper and 5% zinc).

## What metal are Olympic gold medals made from?

The last time Olympic winners were awarded medals with pure gold was back in 1912. Nowadays, according to International Olympic Committee guidelines, gold medals need only consist of at least six grams of gold. The remainder are composed of mostly silver.

## How much do Olympic gold medal winners get paid?

Heading into Tokyo, our athletes are rewarded \$20,000 for gold, \$15,000 for silver and \$10,000 for bronze, which is largely consistent with the 2016 Games in Rio.

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COUNTRY Australia \$20,000 \$15,000 \$10,000

## How much is an Olympic silver medal worth?

The silver medals awarded at the Tokyo Games are made from pure silver and weigh 550 grams, which works out to about \$450, according to Mr. Newman, who said that bronze medals would be worth significantly less. They contain red brass, which is 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc.

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## How much do Olympians get paid?

As part of “Operation Gold,” an initiative the USOPC launched in 2017, U.S. Olympians who reach the podium receive payments of \$37,500 for every gold medal won, \$22,500 for silver and \$15,000 for bronze. Pots are divvied up evenly to each member in team competitions, according to CNBC.

## How much do Olympic medals cost?

Aussie athletes are rewarded \$20,000 for a gold medal, \$15,000 for silver and \$10,000 for bronze. As such, Aussie swim hero Emma McKeon leaves Tokyo with \$110,000-worth of medals around her neck.

## Which country has hosted the Olympics most?

The United States has hosted or been awarded a total of eight Olympic Games, more than any other country, followed by France with five and Japan with four editions.