September 27, 2021

Why Olympians bite their medals and what they do

The official Tokyo 2020 account tried to remind people that even until Sunday the medals were not really edible.

“We want to officially confirm that the #Tokyo2020 medals are not edible,” it said Said.

“Our medals are made from recycled materials from electronic devices donated by the Japanese public. So, you do not have to bite them … but we know you will still do.”

But why do these successful athletes decide to celebrate the coronation by pretending to be bitten from their gold medals?

David Walechinsky, Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Olympic Historians CNN In 2012 it was an attempt to satisfy the media.

“It’s obsessed with photographers,” says Valechinsky, co-author of The Complete Book of the Olympics. “They think this is a logo shot, maybe something you can sell. I do not think athletes will do it on their own.”

This event is not exclusive to the Olympics.

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has become so popular that he wants to take a part from the trophies he has won, especially Musketeers Cup – French Open Men’s Singles Cup – He is very familiar.

Keeping it safe

Athletes who have won across the Olympic spectrum have gone to great lengths to find space for their medals.

Team GB Tom Daly, Winner of the men’s synchronized 10m diving competition with his partner Mattie Lee on Monday, knitted a bag to keep his gold medal safe while in Tokyo.
Daly on being locked up during corona virus infections, Posted On Instagram he has made the holder “prevent scratching”.

Primos Rojlik, a Slovenian cyclist who won gold in the men’s individual time trial, admitted that the medal itself surprised him.

“Actually, it’s a very heavy thing, but it’s beautiful, and I’m very proud and happy,” he told the media.

Georgia's gold medalist Lasha Beguri received her prize during the medal ceremony for the judo men's 90kg event.
In 2008, Team USA footballer Christy Rampon Tampa told the Bay Times The row of his medals was hidden between the pots and pans in his house because he believed they were the last places anyone could see.

In his early days at the Olympics, Michael Phelps came up with some innovative ways to get around his medals.

A “60 minutes” interview With Anderson Cooper in 2012, Phelps claimed to have kept his eight gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Games in a travel makeup case wrapped in a gray T-shirt.

With 28 medals in total he is the most decorated Olympian, so Phelps will have to follow a new pattern for them.

However, not all athletes have their Olympic keepscakes.

Superstar boxer Vladimir Klitschko CNN He sold the gold medal he won at the 1996 Atlanta Games for $ 1 million, with funds going to the Klitschko Brothers Foundation – a charity he and his brother Vitaly set up to help poor children in their home country of Ukraine.

“We care about education and sports, which is important in any child’s life,” Vladimir said.

“If they have the knowledge, they can succeed in their adult life and the game gives them rules – how to respect your opponent, how to respect the rules.

“It’s always in life. You go down, but you have to get up. The game gives you this great lesson.”

American swimmer Anthony Erwin Auctioned He won the 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay to help survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.