The Rio Games are right around the corner, and athletes around the globe are eagerly preparing for their chance at Olympic gold. While the gold medal is one of the most iconic images of an event that stretches back almost 3000 years, many people do not realize that Olympic gold medals are not actually made of solid gold.
But how much gold metal is actually in a gold medal? While the composition of the medallions have changed over the years, Olympic medals remains some of the most coveted objects on earth. Read the infographic below to find out just how much actual gold is inside each of the medals from different Olympic Games over the years, and how much you’ll need to purchase your very own Olympic medal.