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How do Olympians tell medals apart? Aly Raisman can’t

(AP)Aly Raisman has a dilemma. The American gymnast who won two golds and a bronze in London loves her medals, but doesn't know which gold came from the team win and which gold came from the floor exercise.

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"Yesterday was so hectic," she said to the Associated Press, "I forgot to mark them."

With all that an Olympic medalist has to do after winning her medal, who can blame Raisman? It's easy to forget as the medals are identical.

Sometimes the job is done for Olympians before they get the medals. According to Joey Cheek, who won three speedskating medals in the Winter Olympics before starting the Daily House, the medals had the event etched into the side. Rebecca Lobo, who won basketball gold in 1996, mentioned the etching in a very sweet story about showing her children her medal.

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But Yahoo! Sports' own Shannon Miller is in the same boat as Raisman. Though she can tell the difference between her two golds from Atlanta, the two silvers and three bronze medals from Barcelona are not marked.

"The Atlanta medals are marked [they have a gymnast on the back and are engraved on the side]. However the Barcelona medals were not so I have no idea which is which!" she told Fourth-Place Medal.

So don't worry, Aly. Being in the same position as the most decorated American gymnast of all time is a good place to be.

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