The only difference between an Olympic gold and silver medal – aside from the superior athletic performance and the high training required to make one over the other to come ̵
The first modern Olympic Games of 1896 did not even have gold medals – the winners received a silver medal and an olive branch, the runner-up a copper or bronze medal and a laurel branch. Gold medals were introduced in 1904 (and retroactively awarded to previous winners). The original gold medals were actually massive gold. The tradition, however, proved quite expensive, and after the 1912 Olympics, the current practice of gilding with a silver medal was introduced.
In addition to the provisions on the metal composition of the medals, the Olympic Committee also demands The medals must have a diameter of at least 60 mm and a thickness of 3 mm.