this was on QI a while back .. and cant remember what the cost was to give all the gold medists real gold but i remember thinking that in the grand skeem of things it was worth it .. better then most of the bs stuff they spent money on that was totaly pointless.
Few things that just seem like places were money was poorly spent... like the g4s crap. The amount they played that guy and he ballsed it up who the hell thought it was a good idea to give him the contract...
Anyone know how much it would cost to give them all solid gold?
Also kinda unrelated butdo they intend on keeping everything they have build for the Olympics?
(Original post by Observatory)
Would you rather than the medals had a metal value of $50,000 and that half the budget went on paying for them?
Unless the athlete plans to melt it down it hardly matters.
Ok say it costs 50k each to make em real gold. Then it's gonna cost like $15million but in a £9 billion games it a drop in the ocean. And it would make then that bit more special. And something to set the London games apart from others...
I thought this was common knowledge. This isn't something new. There's no need to use expensive metals in the creation of Olympic medals because absolutely none of their value comes from their composition - it comes from what they represent. If the prize for first place was a piece of coal, it would still have immense value (not in the monetary sense) because it would be a piece of coal representing the fact that you're the best in the world at your chosen discipline.
If anything, I think that fussing over this and trying to change them to real gold would make them less valuable, because that would be emphasising the monetary value that victory brings over the value of victory in and of itself, which is really what the Olympics are about. We're not talking about premiership football here.
feel like I should point out that "The bronze medal is made up of 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin." is basically the same as saying "the bronze medal is made up of 100% bronze" since bronze is a alloy made of mostly copper and usually tin often also with zinc..
Was this in the daily mail by any chance?
It's supposed to be a prize, not a payment to the athlete.
It's pretty odd how they medals have got larger and more blinged up over the past few decades though, they used to look like large coins and now they're the size of giant cookies. According to wiki they're around 400g this time. If phelps or someone won 8 and tried to wear them all at once it'd be heavier than 3 bags of sugar hanging off his neck.