A Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal is displayed at the Olympic Park Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Gold medals are the ultimate prize in Olympic sport.There's no such thing as a "gold" medal, not at these upcoming Rio Olympics – and really, not ever. Second-place finishers get silver medals and oddly enough, so do the winners, albeit theirs are plated in a tiny amount of gold.By taking the silver medals and then plating them in a tiny amount of Brazilian gold, the actual value of the metal inside those metals is about $600 .The medals for the Olympics are done.The bronze medals are made in part from the same copper that goes into Brazilian coin, so the mint had plenty of that to use in the Olympic project.Even some of the plastic used in the ribbons that will be attached to the medals is recycled.The mint will store the medals and basically deliver them to the organizing committee on a day-to-day basis – the medals that will be awarded on a given day will be kept safe as can be until needed.
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