Just like that, another Olympic Games has come to a close. Since its inception in ancient Greece, the Olympics has showcased the resilience of the human spirit. This year’s ceremony was no different. As before, thousands of athletes from across the world gathered to prove who is best in their sport. Their reward? A much-coveted Olympic medal.
But despite the monumental achievement that these medals represent, all anyone cares about is “who won the gold.” It’s great if you won a silver, but you’re a mere footnote if you won the bronze.
To say that bronze is an under-appreciated metal is no hyperbole. A golden anniversary coincides with 50 years, while a bronze anniversary only commemorates eight years—if it even appears on such lists of monument. In fact, the traditional way of denoting record sales includes no mention of bronze whatsoever; it’s just platinum, gold, or silver.