‘6-7%’ Of Rio Medals Falling Apart

Multiple sources have reported that some of the 2016 Olympic medals are falling apart.

Per NBC Olympics, some of the medals have suffered ‘unsightly staining’ or had their coverings fall away. The news was originally reported by AFP (Agence France-Presse), but their story appears to have been taken down.

France 24 estimates 2,021 medals were awarded last summer. Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada commented on the subject, mentioning any defective medals would be replaced.

“We’re seeing problems with the covering on between six or seven percent of the medals and it seems to be to do with the difference in temperatures.” Together with the IOC we’re setting up a system for replacing the defective medals,” he said. “The medals will either be repaired or replaced”.

6-7% of all medals would be somewhere between 121 and 141 medals.

Andrada also mentioned that the problem occurred mostly in silver and bronze medals, and that the Brazilian mint and the IOC are working on a system to repair the damaged medals. NBC Olympics also mentioned that about 30% of the silver and bronze medals came from recycled materials.

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Even they’re medals sucked



Lane Four



Evan that …..mirror of a decaying business world .

Joy macnaughton

Does anyone one know where to send your medal for replacement?


Put them In the box labeled “2Fat4Speed” at the King County Aquatic Center. You will then need to contact the reliable folks at the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

Kirk Nelson

It’s probably because everyone has to do that stupid pose where they bite their medals during the award ceremony. 🙂



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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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