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Why do Olympians bite their medals? | Burning Questions

  • Published on Feb 10, 2018
  • You’re probably used to seeing athletes ‘bite’ their Gold Medals on the podium, but have you ever wondered why they do this?
    Part science, part trivia, this show uses advanced analytics to answer all those questions that you always had, but were afraid to ask!
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Comments • 191

  • Danielle Hagood
    Danielle Hagood 7 days ago

    Is it discount James Cordon?

  • Salvador Ling
    Salvador Ling 11 days ago

    3:53 if you don't want to watch the whole video

  • Laura Domanska
    Laura Domanska 27 days ago

    And the gold medal goes toooo...
    Presentator! For a nice presentation :)

  • Peter Geyer
    Peter Geyer Month ago

    I have always found this tradition incredibly irritating. It always looks like the athletes don‘t really want to do it, they are just being pushed into it by the photographers surrounding them after the medal ceremony.

  • KorbloxMaster HD
    KorbloxMaster HD 3 months ago

    Why is it called curling?

  • Tomatoffel
    Tomatoffel 7 months ago


  • Chod Dunga
    Chod Dunga 8 months ago

    Why does jack black sound different?

  • Gaby Mariska
    Gaby Mariska 8 months ago

    Why olympic Winter games Only in country have 4 Why don't in tropiss country (indoor)

  • Gh0stlyyy
    Gh0stlyyy 8 months ago

    Comment awards anyone

  • daedae 4l
    daedae 4l 8 months ago

    He looks like a british version of jack black🤔

  • Victoria L.
    Victoria L. 9 months ago

    my guess was that like it was to get the honor or something inside ur system what am i even saying lol

  • Phat Ops
    Phat Ops 11 months ago

    Actually they bite the gold medal because in 1848 before the gold rush started, James Marshell was building a sawmill for, John Sutter, he found something the size of a pea and was colored yellow. He but it and it was gold. SO LEARN YOUR FACTS RANDOM RUclipR THAT WAS IN MY RECCOMENDED

    Edit: nvm this is the Olympic channel.

  • Misha     allah Saqibudjcgs

    No chocolate but chocolate is a possession and an honour anyone who eats chocolate is honoured to

  • Queen KaLlama
    Queen KaLlama Year ago

    To sum it up... They bite their medals to make sure it’s real gold with other strong metals.

  • Kristin O'Shea
    Kristin O'Shea Year ago

    Why can't there only be one winner

  • Lando Kain
    Lando Kain Year ago

    alright these are awfully long explanations and random facts to answer one simple question....for those of u don't want to watch him rambling all those nonsense, According to the video, the answer is "they bite the gold coin to make sure it is real, just like in the old days". You're welcome!

  • Anonymous Star
    Anonymous Star Year ago

    Every premier league fan in 90 seconds.

  • Grace Birnie
    Grace Birnie Year ago

    Wow so all those athletes that wanted a good medal got ripped off

  • Tae bae
    Tae bae Year ago +1

    But I thought.....a lot of em is chocolate,paper or not.......

  • Brem
    Brem Year ago +1

    How is it ironic that he has a gold tooth?

  • Ben Mogensen
    Ben Mogensen Year ago +1

    It’s not made of gold, but it’s made of gold. Dumbass

  • GalaxyLegend
    GalaxyLegend Year ago +2

    To see if it’s chocolate

  • Sigrid Filtvedt
    Sigrid Filtvedt Year ago

    I`m from Norway, Mabye I`ll give it a shot.

  • Elmo
    Elmo Year ago

    shaun white will be next athelete that have won gold in summer and winter games, we just have wait two years for that 😁😁

  • Pastelie kai
    Pastelie kai Year ago +4


  • Hub Hi Hdufbj
    Hub Hi Hdufbj Year ago

    Probably becuz its one of those chocolate coins or medals

  • Kushal kedia
    Kushal kedia Year ago +2

    Teeth marks meant it was real, not fake

  • shawn bla
    shawn bla Year ago +2

    To test it's gold or not 😂

  • geoboy 2208
    geoboy 2208 Year ago

    Lloyd Griffith is back

  • 000 Responses
    000 Responses Year ago +1


  • OldIronKing1
    OldIronKing1 Year ago


  • mic01
    mic01 Year ago

    You would think they would get the right info on why Olympians do it, it was Canadian runner from the 1996 olympics Donovan Bailey who started it at the Olympics.

  • Bella Ruiz
    Bella Ruiz Year ago +1

    They bite it to see if its chocolate

  • Anthony Unga
    Anthony Unga Year ago

    Maybe they do it because they like the taste of metal...?

  • CobalticChaos
    CobalticChaos Year ago +1

    Answer: it’s tradition

  • K White
    K White Year ago +11

    Skip all the useless information: they bite them because merchants use to bite coins to tell if it’s real gold

  • Atirahcus R
    Atirahcus R Year ago

    How many players have played both summer and winter Olympics n won ?

  • Marry Christmas
    Marry Christmas Year ago

    3 gold teeth? Hey I have 4 gold medals in my mouth! LOL

  • DA0470
    DA0470 Year ago +1

    They’re probably made from chocolate.

    HELLLO GOOD DAY Year ago

    Mmm butter

  • raffa ojeda
    raffa ojeda Year ago

    lots of out of place info.

  • Vinx342Gaming
    Vinx342Gaming Year ago

    Thank you olympics 😒

  • Thomaster Gaming
    Thomaster Gaming Year ago

    Your videos

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    Thomaster Gaming Year ago


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  • Sara Gilly
    Sara Gilly Year ago

    “So back to that biting.” STOP.

  • MrClearme
    MrClearme Year ago

    Is this Jack Black's bro?

  • W Lee
    W Lee Year ago

    Funny I always thought bitting into gold was an old gold miners tradition and leaving bite marks was a good sign as pure gold is a very soft metal?

  • Camilla C
    Camilla C Year ago

    They think it's a 🍪😄😄😄Lol

  • Josh
    Josh Year ago +2

    Ironically you’re still fat still even though you didn’t get any chocolate in this video

  • Christopher L
    Christopher L Year ago

    This guy doesn’t make sense. So gold would be mixed with other metals to be made harder. As we all know gold is one of the softest metals on earth.
    So he says a merchant would test the authenticity of a coin by biting it. If there were teeth marks that would verify it of being an alloy and not gold? That doesn’t make sense. If anything that would authenticate the question of the metal being gold

  • Damien Stasen
    Damien Stasen Year ago +3

    They bit the medals to see if it was real gold if it made bite marks it was gold if it didnt it was pyrite

  • puffy penquin
    puffy penquin Year ago

    They provably bite there metal beacause there special

  • Vogue Of Today
    Vogue Of Today Year ago

    So sweet

  • Eric Chavez
    Eric Chavez Year ago +2

    To see if there harder than deezzzz nutzzz

  • Chota popatiya
    Chota popatiya Year ago

    I thought it was chocolates, actually like few people have mentioned already pure gold and silver are both soft metals,they can be easily bent ..

  • LuckySeven
    LuckySeven Year ago +8

    To check if it's real???

  • Ryan Ellis
    Ryan Ellis Year ago

    Seek the Crown that will not fade away.

  • FODI
    FODI Year ago

    Наверное из-за того что они проверяют качество!

  • Milu 786
    Milu 786 Year ago +1

    Because they are hungry

  • Greg Raines
    Greg Raines Year ago +2

    It's a tradition to prove the medal is real and not made of chocolate.

  • Kristen Campbell
    Kristen Campbell Year ago

    Interesting stuff, who knew!

  • Memorible werd
    Memorible werd Year ago +5

    *I skipped to the end and the gist is that ancient merchants would bite gold coins in order to test that they weren't lead forgeries*

  • Philipp Erdmann
    Philipp Erdmann Year ago

    What about shaun white? He won snowboard and skateboard in both winter and summer olympics ^^

    • nicole h
      nicole h Year ago +1

      Skateboarding isn’t in the Olympics yet. The IOC is planning to add the sport to the 2020 Olympic games. He won the x-games, which is a different competition.

    SMILEYISMYDOG James Year ago +1

    It should be chocolate instead of gold plated metal

  • Boldizsár Balázs

    This funny piece of celebration was done first by Peter Farkas, a Greco-Roman wrestler from Hungary in the 1992 Barcelona games. It has its charm thanks to thing you explain in 2 sentences at 4.08, so it became popular.
    That's the answer you are looking for!

  • Bailey Riddle
    Bailey Riddle Year ago

    Because gold is easy to bend... and pyrites not pr whatever other metles used, so id guess its to comfirm the casing is gold.

  • Marcos Castro
    Marcos Castro Year ago

    To make sure it’s not chocolate

  • Spiceybooger Spiceybooger

    I bit my medal to find out if it was real because of the Olympics...yeah I was in the 3rd grade.

  • Bandito Rules
    Bandito Rules Year ago

    To make sure they're not oversized Bitcoins!

  • f00zh
    f00zh Year ago

    cause theyre hungary

  • Myna
    Myna Year ago

    The used to bite it to see if it was fake, now they do it just for show, you’re welcome.

  • lovemoviesful2
    lovemoviesful2 Year ago

    Because it's made out of chocolate. There, answer given.

  • Reginaldo Hernandez

    It should be Platinum , Gold and Silver !!!!! No more copper !!!!!!

  • Planet Memecury
    Planet Memecury Year ago +1

    They think its a cookie

  • antoine carty
    antoine carty Year ago

    They bite it becuz its made of " golden chocolate "

  • Fit Uber
    Fit Uber Year ago

    To check if it's a real gold. You know gold is a bit softer.

  • Kelly EisBrenner
    Kelly EisBrenner Year ago

    Why would a softer coin (bite marks) be evidence of a forgery? Fakes were made by alloying with harder metals... solid gold WOULD show bite marks. Did you get that backwards?

    • Aaron Jones
      Aaron Jones Year ago

      Kelly EisBrenner pretty sure they did

    FREEZE Year ago +1

    This reminds me of the Bubblestand Episode where spongebob would bite the quarters

  • Michael T
    Michael T Year ago

    Burning question for who? Nobody cares.

  • J Rod
    J Rod Year ago


  • redbyron10
    redbyron10 Year ago

    Comes from gold being a soft metal that would show teeth marks.

  • The Official Andy Saenz

    Athletes spend 6 days a week, for several years, training for the Olympics. I think they certainly deserve a SOLID GOLD medal! And they don't deserve a 39% tax on any cash winnings from the Olympics.

    • franc sinatra
      franc sinatra 8 months ago

      Andy Saenz in Indonesia. if athlete won a gold medal. he/she get like USD 400.000

  • M Isa
    M Isa Year ago

    🔥🔥Why is my question burning?🔥🔥

  • Wodchly
    Wodchly Year ago +369

    Thanks for all the unexpected useless information, for just one answer.

    • Tomatoffel
      Tomatoffel 7 months ago

      ok next time you guys have a question to something like "whats 1 +1" i will tell 10 hours of how math was created first. After all its not useless information. Then if you want to know what 1 x 1 is, i will again tell you 10 hours of history befor giving you the answer to your question. I mean does that sound pleasent to you?

    • PerfectChaos7
      PerfectChaos7 Year ago

      No more useless than the answer to the original question, so I don't know why you're complaining.

    • GarbageCanNot GarbageCanNot
      GarbageCanNot GarbageCanNot Year ago +1

      It wasn’t useless! It was interesting! And might be useful in the future. How? It depends on the occasion!

    • Jennifer um
      Jennifer um Year ago +20

      Oh shut it, no need to be so rude! They are just telling us some history!

  • Jon Smith
    Jon Smith Year ago

    CNN supports north Korea

  • Art Vein
    Art Vein Year ago +1

    Of course Norwegians dominate ice games, that's how they grocery shop

  • Cup o' Joe
    Cup o' Joe Year ago

    My guess was because the photographer/reporter asked them to do so. 👀 One Two Three ... ruuuun😌

  • XxAngelReaperxX
    XxAngelReaperxX Year ago

    Answer: They pretend like they’re chocolate medal coins from See’s Candies.

  • _Babybee_32 _
    _Babybee_32 _ Year ago

    Why do Olympians bite their gold medals? To make sure it’s real gold

  • Fayqi
    Fayqi Year ago

    Cause it’s gold

  • Mr. NPC
    Mr. NPC Year ago

    fake medals lame

  • michael majewski
    michael majewski Year ago

    Time for updates

  • michael majewski
    michael majewski Year ago

    Why's freestyle motocross , motocross, supercross not in the Olympics throw us a freakin bone here

  • Lord Coso
    Lord Coso Year ago

    Yo lo que no entiendo es porque inventar la tangente, la cotangente, la secante y cosecante, osea ya con el coseno y el seno ya me alcanza, no me jodan loco! encima el vino esta a 90 la caja

  • Alucard
    Alucard Year ago +1

    They bite their medals cause it's obviously a gold colored tim foil over chocolate

  • Adam O
    Adam O Year ago

    Aren’t you from football republic?

  • S・ S
    S・ S Year ago