From the lathe to the podium — the journey of Olympic medals (Video)

Mike Oz
Fourth-Place Medal

We hear every day the incredible stories that athletes bring to the Olympics — of their journeys, and transformations. But what about the medals these athletes work so hard to win? Ever wonder how they get to the final podium? 

The Olympics YouTube channel put together this wonderful 89-second video documenting the journey of an Olympic medal — from the warehouse where it's handcrafted to the medal podium at the Sochi Games, where it immortalizes a champion.

Sadly, for Sage Kotsenburg and others like him, there is no bacon in the aforementioned medal warehouse. But it's still a beautiful video.

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