The Olympic medals over the years

Did you know that the last solid gold Olympic gold medal was awarded in 1912? And that winners were awarded silver medals in 1896 in Athens?

With the countdown to the controversial Sochi Olympics on, we thought we'd take a look back at the Olympic medals (and metals) over the decades.

Here is an image gallery of gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals from 1896 to 2012, courtesy of The Olympic Design (