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Making the Medals



Making the Medals

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     challenging words:    knowing, common, practically, priceless, design, bronze, nearly, thing, grams, certain, pure, copper, worth, earn, second, receive
     content words:    Olympic Committee


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Making the Medals
By Erin Horner
  

1     All Olympians have one big thing in common. They all want to win a medal at the Olympics. These athletes dream of bringing home an Olympic medal after the Games. This dream comes true for the first, second, and third place finishers in each event. These medals are not all alike. First place winners are given gold medals. Those who come in second place receive silver medals. Third place finishers earn bronze medals. The Olympic Committee sets forth certain medal making guidelines that must be followed, but the actual design of the awards has varied over the years. Each gold medal is made using 550 grams of silver. The silver is then covered with 6 grams of pure gold. Each gold medal is worth nearly $500! A silver medal is a lot like a gold one. It is made with 550 grams of silver, but that's all. It is not covered in gold like the .....
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