Gold medals are the ultimate prize in Olympic sport.
They're also a misnomer.
There's no such thing as a "gold" medal, not at these upcoming Rio Olympics — and really, not ever. Second-place finishers get silver medals and oddly enough, so do the winners, albeit theirs are plated in a tiny amount of gold.
That factoid caught even some of those who were put in charge of making the 5,000 or so medals needed for these Rio Games by surprise.
"Our operators and some of our developers had the same question," said Victor Hugo Berbert, who managed the medal-making process and was part of a team of about 100 people at the Brazilian Mint who were part of the project. "We can produce medals out of pure gold. But we know how expensive they are. So gold medals ... are not exactly pure gold."
They're barely gold at all.
The medals given to champions at these Olympics will weigh just over a pound, so to make them entirely from gold would have cost about $23,500 in material, each. By taking the silver medals and then plating them in a tiny amount of Brazilian gold, the actual value of the metal inside those metals is about $600.