If a person competes and wins in a competition, he or she might be awarded a medal. A medal is a prize for success or victory. Some medals are given for participation.
During the Olympic Games held every four years, athletes compete for medals. There are three types of medals:
Of course, the most important thing about the games is not the winning of medals but the opportunity to compete in a peaceful setting that brings together the best athletes in the world.
Medals are also given for bravery during combat in a war or a battle.
Note: The pronunciation of the word "medal" is the same as the word "metal." Most people who speak English pronounce the "t" in "metal" as a "d."
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This page was first published on July 29, 2012. It was updated on July 26, 2015.