How is Olympic winner determined?
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.
Do Olympians get paid?
Heading into Tokyo, our athletes are rewarded $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze, which is largely consistent with the 2016 Games in Rio.
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.