Here’s Why The Olympians Are All Biting Their Gold Medals!

So we’re sure you know by now that the Olympic gold medals aren’t actually made of 100 per cent gold. In fact, they come complete with 24ct gold plating (which we know a lot about here at GoldenLux Gold Plating), which you can read about on our blog.

But there’s something going on at Rio 2016 that you’ve probably all already noticed – those taking to the podium after their events are all being pictured taking a bite on their highly prized awards. But just what is the purpose of it and why has everyone started doing it?

In actual fact, what is now a great photo opportunity for athletes and the paparazzi actually used to be a test that people carried out in order to find out if what they were holding was real gold or not. You might be surprised to learn that gold is actually a very soft metal and if it’s relatively pure you should be able to see some teeth marks in it if you bite down on it.

Everyone at the Olympics is at this particular game right now, from Mo Farah who was papped doing so after storming to victory in the men’s 10,000m final (a title he claimed for his own even after taking a tumble), to US gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Michael Phelps.

Just don’t be tempted to give your next piece of gold plating a bit of a chew to see if the gold is real. You really don’t want to have teeth marks embedded in all your bling!