# Frequent question: How medals are given in Olympics?

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## How many medals are given out at the Olympics?

Team USA rounded out its haul with 41 silver medals and 33 bronze. Tokyo marks the seventh consecutive Olympics that the United States has taken home the most overall medals.

USA edges China, takes home most gold medals from Tokyo Olympics.

Country USA 39 41 33 113

## What are the 3 medals in the Olympics?

The gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to competitors at the Olympics and Paralympics represent the highest levels of athletic achievement at the Games. The design of the medals is the responsibility of the host city’s organizing committee, and varies with each edition of the Games.

## Do all Olympians get a medal?

The first three athletes receive a medal: gold, silver and bronze. And the first eight athletes in each event receive a diploma and their names are announced to the public, according to the International Olympic Committee. While a diploma is no shiny medal, the memento can serve as a souvenir for the Olympic athlete.

## How do they decide who wins the Olympics?

The convention used by the IOC is to sort by the number of gold medals the athletes from a country have earned. In the event of a tie in the number of gold medals, the number of silver medals is taken into consideration, and then the number of bronze medals.

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## How many medals will be given in 2021 Olympics?

Including the 2021 Tokyo Games, the U.S. has 2,941 total medals between the winter and summer games, including 1,166 gold medals.

USA Olympic medal results by event.

Event Total 39 41 33 113

## Why is silver second to gold?

Remember that bronze is made up of mostly copper. Copper is at the top of the column, so it is the least rare — third place. Silver is one level down, rarer than copper — second place. Finally, gold is one step below silver on the column, so it is the rarest of the three — first place.

## Do Olympians get paid for life?

They don’t get paid to go to the Olympics. They’ll have their travel covered, lodging covered, and food covered.” According to our expert, some U.S. teams that have sponsors may have a salary. However, that means most U.S. Olympians themselves don’t get paid by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

## Can you buy an Olympic medal?

According to The New York Times, some Olympic medals have been sold for major dollars, and most of them have been obtained by prospective buyers through auction sales. Apparently, some Olympians have been putting their prized medals up for sale for years now. If not auctions, the medals can be found at pawn shops.

## Why do Olympians bite medals?

Biting medals is a press-pleasing tradition. It is thought to be inspired by the US Gold Rush when miners needed to check nuggets for soft gold as opposed to fool’s gold. Weighing between 500g and 800g, gold medals are actually made from silver coated with at least 6g of pure gold.

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