Why do Olympic champions bite gold medals?
Aug 19, 2008 02:15
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Have you noticed that plenty of athletes bite gold medals on the podium? Why do they bite gold medals?

Olympic champions of Women's Badmintion Doubles Du Jing (R) and Yu Yang

Aug 19, 2008 02:17
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Aug 19, 2008 02:18
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Aug 19, 2008 02:30
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when people used gold curreny, they bit to make sure that the currency received were pure gold or silver.
Aug 19, 2008 02:32
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I guess they are trying to say " oh come one guys, it's really gold medal."
Aug 19, 2008 02:46
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Yes, ppl used to bite gold to test if it was genuine and not mixed with lead, which although heavy is soft and you can leave teeth marks.
Aug 19, 2008 19:39
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Maybe they taste like chicken.
Aug 19, 2008 20:57
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They wanna know how gold medal taste. They ate enormous bitterness before receiving gold medals.

It is possible that they just poise for photography.
Feb 28, 2010 19:04
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GUEST13126 People used to bite test gold and silver coins etc. to test for authenticity. The precious metals in their pure forms are very soft, softer than tooth enamel and thus would sustain teeth marks. Today its just a custom as the medals are mostly made from silver anyways. Like kissing it, its just something they do for the cameras, not because they actually believe its a cheap alloy.
Mar 4, 2010 01:05
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Who was the first one to bite the golden medal? I guess that they are just imitating each other.
Jul 31, 2012 14:33
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GUEST97120 since everyone does it.. they do it too to keep that tradition
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