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  1. It's been psychologically proven that bronze medal winners are happier than silver medal winners. Bronze medalists are happy they won anything, while silver medalists are disappointed they didn't get gold.

  2. It's estimated that 16% of the world's gold and 22% of the world's silver is contained in Japan's electronics alone- so much that Japan is asking its citizens to donate old electronics to make the Olympic medals.

  3. Japan aims to power the Tokyo Olympics with 100% renewable energy. They plan to use wind & solar energy to power the stadiums & athletes village. They also want to recycle the small amounts of gold, silver & copper from around 80,000 old phones by using the metals to create 5,000 medals.

  4. In 1984 Mcdonalds offered free Big Macs,Fries, or a Coke for each Gold Silver or Bronze in the Olympics. During that year the Soviet Union boycotted the US olympics and therefore the US got many more medals than expected which became a huge failure for Mcdonalds

  5. Luz Long, a German athlete, gave Jesse Owens advice during the long jump. Long won the silver medal, Owens won the gold. Long was killed in WWII, but Owens befriended Long's son and served as the best man at his wedding.

  6. Its been shown bronze medal winners are happier than silver medal winners. This is due to counterfactual thinking: the silver medalists are more likely to compare themselves with gold medalist, while the bronze medal winners are more likely to compare themselves with 4th place finishers.

  7. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, a Norwegian coach handed a spare ski pole to a Canadian after she broke hers during a relay race. The Canadian skier went on to win a silver medal. Canadian citizens were so appreciative they collectively gave the coach more than 5 tons of Maple Syrup.

  8. Olympic gold medals are only 1% gold and 92.5% silver. They would be worth over $25k if they were pure gold but instead the medal value is only approximately $600.

  9. Norway has the won the most gold medals in winter Olympic history and is the only nation to have at least 100 medals of each gold, silver, and bronze

  10. Max Woosnam, possibly the greatest sportsman of all time. He won gold & silver Olympics medals, a doubles title at Wimbledon, hit a 147 break in snooker, a century at Lords cricket ground and captained Manchester City and England football teams. He also played off a 0 handicap at golf.

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Before becoming President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen was at one time his country's only weightlifter, but went on to win 7 gold and 5 silver medals at the Commonwealth Games (Olympics style event held for former British colonies)

Olympic Gold Medals are Actually made of Silver. 1912 was the last Olympics to hand out solid gold medals. Today's gold medals are 92.5% silver.

Olympians who took home a bronze medal are happier than those that won a silver. Silver medalists are disappointed to have come so close to being the best, bronze medalists are happy just to have made it to the awards podium.

The most decorated US regiment was a japanesse american unit. They won 18,143 awards. Served in almost every theater of war, won 21 Medals of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars and 9,486 Purple Hearts.

William Donovan, the only person to have received all four of the United States' highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. Donovan was also awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts.

Usain Bolt has never won a bronze medal in major competition. He has 16 golds and two silvers to his name.

Margaret Thompson was the first woman to win an Olympic medal in a shooting sport (silver) in 1976 after tying with the gold medal winner. When the Olympic committee refused a shootoff, the gold medalist pulled Thompson onto the gold medal platform with him.

Paralympic medals from Rio rattle. A different sound depending whether its Bronze, Silver or Gold to help blind athletes

Olympic gold medals are actually just gold-plated silver, and bronze medals are only worth about $3.

'art' used to be an Olympic sport. Artists were award gold, silver and bronze medals for architecture, painting, sculpture, music and literature across multiple Summer Olympics in the early 20th Century. The 'arts' were dropped from the Games because they drew too many professional artists.

Mother’s Day in Germany was made an official holiday during the Nazi regime, largely to encourage women to birth children for the “Fatherland.” Gold, silver and bronze medals were even awarded to women according to the number of children they had.

The 761st Tank battalion. Made up of almost completely African-American tankers, it was considered one of the best tank units of the war and held 1 Medal of Honor winner, 11 Silver Stars and 300 Purple Hearts.

Tarzan has been portrayed by 3 Olympic gold medal winners and 1 Olympic silver medal winner.

A museum in Iceland has casts of the 15 erect penises of the Icelandic National Handball team, sculpted in silver to commemorate their 2008 silver medal in the Beijing Olympic Games.

Soviet officials at the 1972 Olympics reset the game clock twice, allowing the Soviet team to beat the U.S. by a point. The U.S. team refused their silver medals which remain uncollected to this day.

Jackie Robinson's older brother, Mack, competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and won the Silver Medal for the 200 meter dash behind Jesse Owens

Jackie Robinson's older brother Mack won a silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics for the 200 meter sprint.

In the 1928 Olympics, there was an event for Dramatic Literature. Only a silver medal was awarded.

Sergeant first class Jorge A. Otero Barreto aka the "Puerto Rican Rambo" is considered the most decorated U.S. soldier of the Vietnam War: silver star with two oak leaf clusters (olc), bronze star with 4 olc, purple heart with 4 olc, air medal with 4 olc and many others.

Ernest Hemingway was badly wounded in Europe while serving on the Italian Front. He received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery because he assisted Italian soldiers to safety even after being injured himself.

Bruce Jenner's father William Jenner won a silver medal in the U.S. Army Olympics in 1945 in Germany for the 100-yard dash.

In high school Jackie Robinson was an All-Star baseball player, accomplished tennis player, and his older brother Matthew (nicknamed Mack) won a silver medal in the 200 meter sprint in the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

Julius Yego of Kenya won the silver medal in Rio Olympics in Javelin Throw after learning the sport from YouTube.

Jackie Robinson's older brother, Matthew Robinson, won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash—just behind Jesse Owens—at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

The most decorated American female gymnast of all time is Shannon Miller. She won two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals.