USA Today reports the Olympic gold medals won during the 2016 RIO Olympics are rusting and chipping.
“We’re seeing problems with the covering on between 6 or 7% of the medals, and it seems to do with the difference in temperatures,” Rio Games communications officer Mario Andrada told reporters. He added that the decaying was “completely normal” after nine months, since only 1.34% of the medals are actually gold, and 30% of the sterling silver came from recycled silver.
“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said.
Many see the Rio Games as a failure for Brazil. Getting Rio ready for the games, Brazil took much needed money away from the citizens and put them into developing stadiums and arenas for the games. The idea was that having the Olympics in the Latin American country, would reinvigorate the country. But many have gone back to see what remains of the stadiums and structures built for the games. What they have found is a city that is broke and an Olympics city center that is in disrepair.
Discovering even the Olympic medals are falling apart almost 8 months later seems like fitting end to this story.