A lot has changed from the 1896 Athens Olympics to Tokyo. Along with these games, their medals have also come a long way and the way of awarding prizes has also changed a lot.Only a few days are left for the Tokyo Olympic Games to begin. Every player who participates in this Mahakumbh of sports aspires to win medals for his country. But do you know that the history of these medals has been very interesting?
Medal has come a long way
Once upon a time, winning players were given a necklace of olive flowers in the Olympic Games, then in the era of technology, medals were made by melting old mobile phones and electric salmon.
How will the Tokyo medal be?
Medals for the Tokyo Olympics are made from recycled electrical equipment. These medals will be 8.5 cm in diameter and will have a picture of ‘Nike’, the goddess of victory of Greece.
Medals will be made from old cell phones
Unlike in years past, they have been made from gold, silver, and bronze (in this case copper and zinc) extracted from more than 79,000 tons of used mobile phones and other small electric devices donated by the Japanese public. Has gone. During the ancient Olympic Games, winning players were given ‘Totino’s or garlands of olive flowers, considered a sacred prize in Greece and a sign of the highest honor.
Picture of this deity in the medal
A lost tradition of Greece, the Olympic Games were reborn in 1896 in Athens. With the reincarnation, the old customs were replaced by new customs, and the tradition of giving medals started. The winners were given silver while the runners-up were given a copper or bronze medal. In front of the medal was a picture of Zeus, the father of the gods, who was holding Naik. Games were organized in the honor of Juse. On the reverse side of the medal was a picture of the Acropolis.
All three medals started getting from 1904
Gold, silver, and bronze medals were used for the first time in 1904 in St. Louis. These medals represent the first 3 eras of Greek mythology. The Golden Age – when humans lived with the gods, the Silver Age – where youth was a hundred years old and the Bronze Age or the age of heroes.
change in 1923
Over the next century, the size, shape, weight, combination, and image of the medal kept changing. In 1923, the IOC started a competition for craftsmen to design medals for the Olympic Games. The design of Italian artist Giuseppe Cacioli was chosen as the winner in 1928. Then in 1924, the Paris Olympics were held.this design lasted for a long time
The front of the medal was raised, with Nike holding the palm in his left hand and the crown for the winner in his right. It had a painting of Kalagriha in the background and on the backside a winning player was carried by a crowd of people. This design of the medal remained intact for a long time.
What happened at the Munich Olympics?
Host cities were allowed to change the back of the medals from the 1972 Munich Olympics. The next section, however, changed the Athens Olympics in 2004. There was a new image of Nike in this, she was flying over the 1896 Panathenaic Stadium to give victory to the strongest, tallest, and fastest player.
Earlier medals did not have ribbons
Before the 1960 Rome Olympics, medals were pinned to the winners’ chests, but in these Games, the medals were designed like a necklace and the players could wear them around their necks with the help of a chain. Four years later, this chain was replaced by colorful ribbons.The gold medal is not completely gold
The interesting thing is that the gold medal is not entirely made of gold. For the last time in the Stockholm Olympics 1912 medals made entirely of gold were given. Now only gold water is offered on the medals. As per the IOC guidelines, the gold medal should contain at least 6 grams of gold. But in reality, the medal has a large part of silver.What did the Chinese do?
In the Beijing Olympics 2008, for the first time, China introduced a medal that was made of jade, not any metal. This ruby, a symbol of honor and virtue in the traditional culture of China, was placed on the backside of every medal.care for the environment
Because of the increasing awareness of the environment, the organizers of the Rio Olympics 2016 decided to use more recycled metals. Not only were 30 percent recycled materials used in the medals, but 50 percent recycled plastic bottles were also used in the ribbons attached to it. Following in the footsteps of Rio, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics also decided to make similar medals.