February 07, 2014 12:12
There are 1,300 medals up for grabs in the Olympics and Paralympics combined in Sochi. The medals will weigh between 460 and 531 grams, lighter than the gold medals alone in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which were the heaviest in history and weighed more than half a kilogram each.
The medals in Sochi are 10 cm in diameter and 1 cm thick. They contain polycarbonate. The gold medal weighs 531 g, of which 6 g is pure gold and the rest a combination of silver and polycarbonate.
In order to produce the medals, the Sochi organizers used 3 kg of gold, 2 tons of silver and 700 kg of bronze.
A gold medal costs around US$566 (US$1=W1,079), slightly more than the US$500 it cost to make one Vancouver gold medal but not by much as gold prices fell since then.
Compared to two years ago, when a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics cost US$708, the medal is 20 percent cheaper. It took an average of 18 hours to make one medal.
On Feb. 15, the first anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor striking Russia, seven lucky gold medalists will get medals containing fragments of the meteor.
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