The Summer Games is one of the few international sporting spectacles held on a regular basis. The Olympic medal winners represent the finest physical achievements of the human race.
The Olympic medal winners are athletes who are superior to their probable competitors. They possess greater physical skills. Physical abilities like agility and endurance are more pronounced in the Olympic medal holders. Greater physical strength is also present. This superior physical ability is obtained by a comprehensive physical training regimen. Physical exercises are made a part of the fitness plan. A particular dietary regimen relating to a specific sport is also followed.
Some Olympic medal winners became a byword for their sporting achievements. Olympians like the American swimmer Mark Spitz and the track and field athlete Edwin Moses have achieved legend status. The athletes who come first, second and third in the competition are awarded medals. The top athlete receives the "Gold" medal. The runners up are awarded the silver medal. The athlete who has achieved third place is awarded the bronze medal. Some events in the Olympics like boxing do not award the silver medal to the runners up. Two bronze medals are given to the final round qualifier. This is particularly true of single elimination tournaments like boxing and tennis.