Sochi Olympic medals tested by extreme temperatures, 8 tons of weight

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Sochi Olympic medals passed the tests, holding up over “extreme differentials in temperatures,” eight tons of weight and even dips in champagne.

“We have studied international experience, on the basis of which we tried to predict all possible situations — a dip in champagne, accidental falls, someone testing [the medal] with a bite,” Sergey Lukyanchenko, technical director of the Adamas jewelry firm that makes the medals, told R-Sport. “The medals of the Games in Sochi are, after all, like a business card for our country the world over. We’ve done everything possible to guarantee their quality and reliability.”

The tests came after major medal mishaps at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, in July, when 3,014 medals were reportedly recalled after some shattered when dropped.

Photos: Sochi cauldron tested by fire crew