Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock says there are many things people don't know about being in the Olympics.
The skeet shooting champion from Eatonton sat down with Katelyn Heck to put together his top ten list of interesting facts and stories.
#10: Starting off the top ten, Hancock says shooting is a pricey sport. He shoots almost $70 worth of ammo a day out of a $7,000 gun. He has guns whose value ranged from $500 all the way up to $200,000.
He says, "That's a pretty amazing gun that will never be shot. It's just something for me to go look ay every now and again and think about at night." That gun was a give from the gun company Beretta and not the only big gift Hancock received, which ties in with the next item on the list.
#9: The United States shells out $25,000 for every gold medal.
#8: Hancock shared his breakfast of champions on his competition days. He filled up on half of an egg and a piece of bacon. He says that was partly because of nerves, and partly because of our next item.
#7: According to Hancock, one of the hardest part of the Olympics was getting food around picture-hungry fans in the cafeteria.
He says, "Phelps walks in and he's got a hoodie drawn over the top of his head, and he's just walking around with his head down, and we were like, 'hey that's Phelps walking around. Why is he like that? Oh, that's why, because he has people following him.'"
#6: Hancock thinks the safest place in the Olympics is the shooting range. "The little joke I say is there's less accidents in skeet shooting than there is in table tennis," he says.
#5: Halfway down the list, even gold medalists get star struck. Hancock says one of the highlights of his trip to London was meeting some of the big name athletes like the Olympic basketball team.
#4: Hancock says the place to meet all of those people and the most happening place in London is "the elevator going up to your room. People walk in and they duck to get in the elevator and you're like, 'yep, you're either volleyball or basketball, hey how are you doing?'"
#3:Now to our top three. Hancock says that gold medal is more like a key to London.
"If you have a medal, that definitely gets you anywhere. It gets you anything for free and wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, whatever you want to see," says Hancock.
#2:Not all golds are created equal. Hancock's medal from Beijing is smaller than the medal he won in London. Also, Hancock says the fronts of the medals have to be the same, but everything else is up to the host country.
He says, "In Beijing they had the jade. There were three different classes of jade in the medals. On the London medals, they're all the same on the back. It's symbolic of something. The middle river is the River Thames and the block represents something too."
#1: The top thing Hancock says most people don't know about the Olympics is the gold medals are not made of pure gold. They have a silver core that is covered in gold. He says that's why you'll see athletes bite their gold medals to make sure they're real gold.
Hancock says he didn't join in on the biting trend. "I just let everyody bite theirs, and I just go on believing that mine's gold."
Hancock says he's not done learning all about the Olympics. He already has his sights set on competing for a spot in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.