The official Tokyo 2020 account tried to remind people that even until Sunday the medals were not really edible.
“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?
“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.
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.
In his early days at the Olympics, Michael Phelps came up with some innovative ways to get around his medals.
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.
“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.”
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