Undeniable Fact: Precious Medal

Friday, February 23, 2007

Everyone knows that gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top competitors in each Olympic event. But you may not be aware of the equally common platinum medal also awarded. How common, you ask? One is awarded at every event (besides the javelin, of course). Ever since the 1938 Winter Olympics held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the existence of the platinum medal and the identity of its recipient were closely guarded secrets due to rampant larceny - that is, until the advent of the Freedom of Information Act (thanks Ronald Reagan!). In a rare show of courtesy, the news media still keeps the whole ordeal hush-hush, but amateur sleuths can find this information at the Library of Congress.

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