Sports Story of the Week: Why do Olympians bite their medals?

Evan Hays: Sports Editor
Staff Writer

Everyone has seen dozens of pictures of proud Olympians and athletes around the world biting down on their medals after winning or placing in his/her events right? The reason you might ask? The fact is, it is simple. The reason for the iconic "biting" is simply because the photographers ask the athletes to do it before taking the picture. It has become somewhat of a obsession for the photographers to get these specific pictures.

Of course, biting down on gold has historical significance as well to authenticate the precious metal. Since gold is a malleable metal it is softer than most metals, and biting down on it would often leave a signature tooth mark. Ironically, this year's gold metals in the Rio Olympics only contain 1.34 percent of gold.