Where do those medals come from?
The original Olympians kept victory recognition simple. The ancient Greeks, dating as far back as 776 B.C., bestowed olive wreaths upon the winners' heads. Medal presentations came hundreds of years later, in 1896, but the moment has remained poignant.
And over the next few weeks through September, 4,700 more medals -- gold, silver and bronze -- will be awarded to Olympic and Paralympic athletes across 805 victory ceremonies. The top three finishers in each event will stand on a podium ...
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