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Gold Medal - गोल्ड मेडल (Maha Jodi)
Gold Medal - गोल्ड मेडल (Maha Jodi)
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: Maha Sanchar
Yo Gotti - Gold Medal (Concealed)
Yo Gotti - Gold Medal (Concealed)
Published: 2015/01/19
Channel: RAP
CHARLY BLACK - GOLD MEDAL (CLEAN)
CHARLY BLACK - GOLD MEDAL (CLEAN)
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: CHARLY BLACK
How Much are Olympic Gold Medals Worth?
How Much are Olympic Gold Medals Worth?
Published: 2016/08/16
Channel: Today I Found Out
Men
Men's Archery Individual Gold Medal Match | Rio 2016 Replay
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Olympic
Rohler wins Germany
Rohler wins Germany's first javelin gold in 80 years
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Olympic
Rio 2016 Olympics: How much gold is in an Olympic gold medal? Here’s the answer - TomoNews
Rio 2016 Olympics: How much gold is in an Olympic gold medal? Here’s the answer - TomoNews
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: TomoNews US
Matthias Steiner Shares his Emotional Beijing 2008 Weightlifting Gold | Moments In Time
Matthias Steiner Shares his Emotional Beijing 2008 Weightlifting Gold | Moments In Time
Published: 2014/11/15
Channel: Olympic
Korakaki wins first gold medal for Greece since 2004
Korakaki wins first gold medal for Greece since 2004
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Olympic
Geeta phogat commonwealth 2010 final match  won gold medal dangal girl
Geeta phogat commonwealth 2010 final match won gold medal dangal girl
Published: 2016/12/24
Channel: Incredible india
The Most Unexpected Gold Medal In History - Steven Bradbury | Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
The Most Unexpected Gold Medal In History - Steven Bradbury | Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: Olympic
Pierce The Veil - Gold Medal Ribbon
Pierce The Veil - Gold Medal Ribbon
Published: 2016/05/13
Channel: Fearless Records
All the Gold Medals of Rio 2016  | Gold Rush
All the Gold Medals of Rio 2016 | Gold Rush
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: Olympic
Men
Men's Table Tennis Singles Gold Medal Match - China v China | London 2012 Olympics
Published: 2012/08/02
Channel: Olympic
My Gold Medal | Film by : sagar r chauhan : love, comedy, action, drama, success, dream, sports
My Gold Medal | Film by : sagar r chauhan : love, comedy, action, drama, success, dream, sports
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: kaju films
Simone Biles - Rio 2016 - GOLD MEDAL
Simone Biles - Rio 2016 - GOLD MEDAL
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: Waleed Ahmed
Are Olympic Gold Medals Really Made of Gold?
Are Olympic Gold Medals Really Made of Gold?
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: Seeker
Behindwoods Gold Medals - Most respected Awards. Entertainment guaranteed! No songs! No dance!
Behindwoods Gold Medals - Most respected Awards. Entertainment guaranteed! No songs! No dance!
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: BehindwoodsTV
Jun Hoong Cheong Wins Gold Medal Fina World Championships 2017
Jun Hoong Cheong Wins Gold Medal Fina World Championships 2017
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Viralism Channel
Overwatch: GOLD MEDALS LIE! - Stats You Should IGNORE
Overwatch: GOLD MEDALS LIE! - Stats You Should IGNORE
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Your Overwatch
Slovenia-Coach Igor Kokoskov after winning Eurobasket Gold Medal
Slovenia-Coach Igor Kokoskov after winning Eurobasket Gold Medal
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: adamisTV
DIY | Olympic GOLD Medals
DIY | Olympic GOLD Medals
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: WhatsUpMoms
The Official Full Video-Behindwoods Gold Medals 2017|Entertainment Guaranteed.No Songs!No Dance!
The Official Full Video-Behindwoods Gold Medals 2017|Entertainment Guaranteed.No Songs!No Dance!
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: BehindwoodsTV
Gold-medal match: Füchse Berlin (GER) vs FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP) - 2017 IHF Super Globe
Gold-medal match: Füchse Berlin (GER) vs FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP) - 2017 IHF Super Globe
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: IHF
Why do Olympians bite their gold medals?
Why do Olympians bite their gold medals?
Published: 2016/08/16
Channel: SB Nation
Tosaka celebrates gold medal moment
Tosaka celebrates gold medal moment
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Olympic
Gymnast of the Year Awards | Gold Medal Award Winner | Whitney Bjerken
Gymnast of the Year Awards | Gold Medal Award Winner | Whitney Bjerken
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Whitney Bjerken
How To Win A Gold Medal - EPIC HOW TO
How To Win A Gold Medal - EPIC HOW TO
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: AWE me
Olympic gold medal wrestler Erica Wiebe trains at the WWE Performance Center
Olympic gold medal wrestler Erica Wiebe trains at the WWE Performance Center
Published: 2017/09/19
Channel: WWE
Celebrate the Gold Medal with Slovenia!
Celebrate the Gold Medal with Slovenia!
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: FIBA
Steven Bradbury - An Incredible Gold Medal Victory | Olympic Rewind
Steven Bradbury - An Incredible Gold Medal Victory | Olympic Rewind
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: Olympic
SEA Games 2017: Gilas conquers SEAG with 18th gold medal
SEA Games 2017: Gilas conquers SEAG with 18th gold medal
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: Rappler
Rio Replay: Men
Rio Replay: Men's 69kg Boxing Gold Medal Bout
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Olympic
Basketball - Men
Basketball - Men's Gold medal match (Philippines vs Indonesia) - SEA Games 2017 [Day 7]
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: PTV
ROAD TO THE GOLD MEDAL - SLOVENIA #EUROBASKET 2017
ROAD TO THE GOLD MEDAL - SLOVENIA #EUROBASKET 2017
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: Troha Jr.
Syd
Syd's Gold Medal Bar Routine | Junior Olympic Nationals Journey | Gymscool
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Gymscool
Team USA Gold Medal Game Full Highlights vs Serbia 2014.9.14 - All 129 Pts, WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!
Team USA Gold Medal Game Full Highlights vs Serbia 2014.9.14 - All 129 Pts, WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: thenbaworthy
Charly Black - Gold Medal - Trini Medal Riddim - July 2013 | @GazaPriiinceEnt @Dancehall_World
Charly Black - Gold Medal - Trini Medal Riddim - July 2013 | @GazaPriiinceEnt @Dancehall_World
Published: 2013/06/29
Channel: PriinceMuzik
Goran Dragic & Luka Doncic after winning Eurobasket Gold Medal
Goran Dragic & Luka Doncic after winning Eurobasket Gold Medal
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: adamisTV
《金牌调解》婆媳关系差,情侣结婚成难题 20170922 【Gold medal mediation】
《金牌调解》婆媳关系差,情侣结婚成难题 20170922 【Gold medal mediation】
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: 中国江西网络广播电视台 China Jiangxi Radio and Television Network
Babita Kumari Phogat  wins 2014 Commonwealth final match | Gold Medal
Babita Kumari Phogat wins 2014 Commonwealth final match | Gold Medal
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Mrlonelyuploader
Men
Men's Taekwondo -80kg Gold Medal Match - Spain v Argentina | London 2012 Olympics
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: Olympic
Rio OLYMPICS 2016 : Dipa Karmakar Wins GOLD Medal For INDIA
Rio OLYMPICS 2016 : Dipa Karmakar Wins GOLD Medal For INDIA
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: FUNNY VIDEOS & POPULAR VIDEOS
Neymar Jr ● GOLD MEDAL - Olympics RIO 2016 | HD
Neymar Jr ● GOLD MEDAL - Olympics RIO 2016 | HD
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: JUNIORMAGNUM
Rio Replay: Badminton Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match
Rio Replay: Badminton Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Olympic
BRAZIL vs. FRANCE - 2017 World League GOLD MEDAL MATCH - ALL BREAKS REMOVED
BRAZIL vs. FRANCE - 2017 World League GOLD MEDAL MATCH - ALL BREAKS REMOVED
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Vamo' Volley
Brazil win first boxing gold medal
Brazil win first boxing gold medal
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Olympic
US wins Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal 1980
US wins Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal 1980
Published: 2011/04/20
Channel: Ryan G
Usain Bolt Receives 100m Gold Medal - London 2012 Olympics
Usain Bolt Receives 100m Gold Medal - London 2012 Olympics
Published: 2012/08/06
Channel: Olympic
Abhinav Bindra - India
Abhinav Bindra - India's first ever individual gold medal
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: kamalprasaddesigner
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A gold medal is a medal awarded for highest achievement in a non-military field. Its name derives from the use of at least a fraction of gold in form of plating or alloying in its manufacture.

Since the eighteenth century, gold medals have been awarded in the arts, for example, by the Royal Danish Academy, usually as a symbol of an award to give an outstanding student some financial freedom. Others offer only the prestige of the award. Many organizations now award gold medals either annually or extraordinarily, including UNESCO and various academic societies.

While some gold medals are solid gold, others are gold-plated or silver-gilt, like those of the Olympic Games, the Lorentz Medal, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Nobel Prize medal. Nobel Prize medals consist of 18 karat green gold plated with 24 karat gold. Before 1980 they were struck in 23 karat gold.

Military origins[edit]

Before the establishment of standard military awards, e.g., the Medal of Honor, it was common practice to have a medal specially created to provide national recognition for a significant military or naval victory or accomplishment. In the United States, Congress would enact a resolution asking the President to reward those responsible. The commanding officer would receive a gold medal and his officers silver medals.[1] Other countries similarly honored their military and naval victors in a similar fashion.

Competition medals[edit]

A medal on a ribbon designed to be worn around the winner's neck.

Medals have historically been given as prizes in various types of competitive activities, especially athletics.

Traditionally, medals are made of the following metals:

  1. Gold (or another yellow metal, e.g., brass)
  2. Silver (or another grey metal, e.g., steel)
  3. Bronze

Occasionally, Platinum medals can be awarded.

These metals designate the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods, the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years, and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes.

The custom of awarding the sequence of gold, silver, and bronze medals for the first three highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century, with the National Association of Amateur Athletes in the United States awarding such medals as early as 1884.[2]

This standard was adopted for Olympic competition at the 1904 Summer Olympics. At the 1896 event, silver was awarded to winners and bronze to runners-up, while at 1900 other prizes were given, not medals.

Olympic Games[edit]

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, the winners received a silver medal. Since 1904, the winners receive a gold medal, the second-place finishers receive a silver medal and the third-place finishers receive a bronze medal.

At the modern Olympic Games, winners of a sporting discipline receive a gold medal in recognition of their achievement.

At the Ancient Olympic Games only one winner per event was crowned with kotinos, an olive wreath made of wild olive leaves from a sacred tree near the temple of Zeus at Olympia. Aristophanes in Plutus makes a remark why victorious athletes are crowned with wreath made of wild olive instead of gold.[3] Herodotus describes a story that explains why there were only a few Greek men at the Battle of Thermopylae since "all other men were participating in the Olympic Games" and that the prize for the winner was "an olive-wreath". When Tigranes, an Armenian general learned this, he uttered to his leader: "Good heavens! what kind of men are these against whom you have brought us to fight? Men who do not compete for possessions, but for honour".[4] Hence medals were not awarded at the ancient Olympic Games.

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, winners received a silver medal and the second-place finisher received a bronze medal. In 1900, most winners received cups or trophies instead of medals. The next three Olympics (1904, 1908, 1912) awarded the winners solid gold medals, but the medals themselves were smaller. The use of gold rapidly declined with the onset of the First World War and also with the onset of the Second World War.[5] The last series of Olympic medals to be made of solid gold were awarded at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

Olympic Gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and must contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold.[6] All Olympic medals must be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick.[6] Minting the medals is the responsibility of the Olympic host. From 1928 through 1968 the design was always the same: the obverse showed a generic design by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli of Greek goddess Nike with Rome's Colloseum in the background and text naming the host city; the reverse showed another generic design of Nike saluting an Olympic champion.

From the 1972 Summer Olympics through 2000, Cassioli's design (or a slight modification) remained on the obverse with a custom design by the host city on the reverse. Noting that Cassioli's design showed a Roman amphitheater for what originally were Greek games, a new obverse design was commissioned for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics medals had a diameter of 70mm and were 6mm thick, with the front displaying a winged figure of victory and the back showed a Beijing Olympics symbol surrounded by an inset jade circle.

Winter Olympics medals have been of more varied design. The silver and bronze medals have always borne the same designs.

Other gold medal awards[edit]

The award of a gold medal, often coupled with the award of silver and bronze medals to the next place finishers, has been adopted in other sports competitions and in other competitive fields, such as music and writing, as well as some competitive games. Typically bronze medals are awarded only to third place, but in some contests there is some variety, such as International barbershop music contests where bronze medals are awarded for third, fourth, and fifth place.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Polk County History site "Gold Medals All Around"". Polkcounty.org. Archived from the original on 2004-11-06. 
  2. ^ Brooklyn Eagle, 15 August 1884 "Preparing for the Championship"
  3. ^ Aristophanes, Plutus, 585.
  4. ^ Herodotus, The Histories, Hdt. 8.26
  5. ^ Melonyce McAfee (August 10, 2012). "Why Olympians bite their medals". CNN. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Jennifer Rosenberg. "Interesting Olympic Facts". Retrieved December 12, 2013. 

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