The certificate of authenticity is real, and this is definitely gold. Even though it's a sample medal, and not one from an athlete, it's still worth some money to collectors.
- Fact 1: Many Eastern European countries boycotted the 1984 Summer games, due to rising hostilities between the US and the U.S.S.R.
- Fact 2: The Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Olympics drastically affected weightlifting, with 94 out of the world's top 100 weightlifters and all 10 defending champions absent.
- Fact 3: Olympic gold medals must be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick. Gold medals are not solid gold, but rather gilded silver, and only contain around 6 grams of actual gold.
- Fact 4: Because the original design showed a Roman amphitheater for what were originally Greek games, medals were redesigned for the 2004 summer games in Athens.
- Fact 5: In ancient Greece only one winner per event was awarded, not three, and he received a sacred wreath of olive leaves picked at the Temple of Zeus called a "kotinos."