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Why do athletes who win a gold medal at the Olympics bite their medal?

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LesYeux8 
Asked at 2011.03.02 23:07:25
Like when they're posing to get photographed with their gold medal, why do they bite down on it? What's the story behind that?
answer Computer Guy  Answered at 2011.03.02 23:07:25
The "bite test" is an old test for gold, which is quite soft. If it is pure gold, your teeth will leave a mark. If it is bronze, they will not.

Note that people usually do not want teeth marks on their jewelry or gold coins. However, if a medal winner wants to bite his or her medal, they are entitled to do so.

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