If you’re like me, think back to the Opening Ceremonies at the Summer Olympics and the oath taken by athletes, coaches and officials to – play by the rules.

The badminton episode of a few days ago is mind boggling – ah, throwing a game.

And the cheating that still goes on by those who take performance enhancing drugs and shrug shoulders when caught. Yes, we do spend too much time focussing on the controversial and contentious things – because, as Journalists, that’s our job. Just like it is to recognize the wonderful performances – and far too many for this blog.

Here’s something I found interesting.  The medal count. There appears to be many ways to chart progress. Is it by the number of medals? The colour of medals? The number of points?

At one time today, Canada needed two hands to counts medals. Translated: seven in total (two silver and five gold). That would put Canada in 11th place based on the total number of medals. But the folks charting this stuff, have us in 25th. That’s because gold is worth more than silver and bronze.

I still look at it from the perspective of total medals.  Otherwise, Kazakhstan and South Africa – each with three medals (and all gold) - are tied for 10th place overall and ahead of Canada.

And the medals handed out, the largest in size and weight ever awarded at an Olympic Games are priceless to athletes, right? But, according to reports, some of them cost about five dollars.

The Olympic gold medal consists of just over one per cent of the precious yellow metal. The rest consists of silver (92.5%) and copper (6.16%). Cost: $644.00. The Olympic silver medal is a modification of the gold, but with more copper. The medal is worth about $330.00.

And for the Olympic bronze medal, 97 per cent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 per cent tin. Total cost: $4.70. It’s true. Also, cost me more for a beer at the ball park.

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