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130 Olympic medals from Rio are rusting or chipping

Athletes claim that some 130 Olympic medals from Rio are rusting or chipping, according to reports. The International Olympic Committee and Rio officials plan to replace medals for any unsatisfied Olympian. “We’re seeing problems with the covering on between 6 or 7 percent of the medals, and it seems to do with the difference in temperatures,” Rio Games communications officer Mario Andrada told reporters.

Andrada also says that the decaying is “completely normal” given the time frame, as it’s been about nine months since the Games. Since only 1.34 percent of the medals are actually gold, and 30 percent of the sterling silver came from recycled silver, rusting or chipping is to be expected. “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.

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