Few people know the origin of medals, trophies and trophies

A medal is a kind of reward or proof given to the winners in various sports events. It is usually made of metal, divided into gold, silver and bronze medals, awarded to the first, second and third place respectively.

Medals are not always there. In the earliest sports events, the winner’s prize was a “laurel crown” woven from olive branches or cinnamon twigs. At the first Olympic Games in 1896, the winner was awarded such a “crown”, which lasted until 1907. That year, the International Olympic Committee held an executive committee in the Hague, the Netherlands, and formally made a decision to award the Olympic winners gold, silver and bronze medals.

Since the eighth Paris Olympic Games in 1924, the International Olympic Committee has further made a supplementary decision to award medals. The decision made it clear that in addition to winning medals, Olympic winners will also be awarded certificates. 1、 The second and third prize medals shall not be less than 60 mm in diameter and 3 mm in thickness. Gold and silver medals are made of silver, with a silver content of no less than 92.5%. The surface of gold medal should be plated with gold, no less than 6 grams of pure gold. These new regulations were implemented at the 9th Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928 and are still in use today.

There is another way of saying about the origin of trophies. According to Western records, there was a king named Edward who was killed in England. When he took a glass of wine from others, he only looked up to drink, but someone stabbed him in the back. This incident led to the formation of such a tradition in the British banquet. As long as the host toasts the guests with his glass, the person who takes the glass and the people around him should stand up. At this time, drinking people are surrounded by people around, to show protection. This kind of wine cup used in banquet etiquette is called “love Cup” and becomes a special gift for superior guests. Later, people presented the “love Cup” to the winners of sports events to express warm congratulations.

The modern cup is from the “love Cup” development, its shape still retains the original characteristics. The first gold medal appeared in the Shang and Zhou dynasties of China more than 3000 BC. At that time, it only referred to archery. In the Tang Dynasty, the championship became a symbol of winning sports events. Dragon boat race is one of the biggest sports events in Tang Dynasty. In the past dynasties, the purpose of dragon boat racing was purely to commemorate the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan. However, in the Tang Dynasty, dragon boat racing became a special competition. In order to rank the contestants, people put a long pole in the water and hang colorful brocade, which is called “championship” or “colorful logo”. The first dragon boat to win the championship is the final winner, so the dragon boat race is also known as “winning the championship”. Since then, “Biao” has become the reference of champion.


Post time: Oct-11-2020