September 23, 2021

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Why Olympians bite their medals

(CNN) – The happy image symbolizes an Olympian standing on stage after winning his discipline with a gold medal between his teeth.

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we have already seen this many times in many disciplines.

The official Tokyo 2020 count went further on Sunday, trying to remind people that medals are not really edible.

Bronze medalists Matteo Costaldo, Marco de Costanzo, Matteo Lodo and Giuseppe Vicino of Italy bit the medals during the medal ceremony.

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

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

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

David Walechinsky, a member of the International Olympic Historians’ Working Group, told CNN in 2012 that this could be an attempt to appease the media.

“It has become a frenzy for photographers,” says Valechinsky, co-author of “The Complete Book of the Olympics”. “I think they think this is something you can sell. I don’t think athletes will do it on their own.”

Swiss cyclist Marlon Russer posed for a photo and bit his silver medal after a women’s personal time trial.

However, this event is not unique to the Olympics.

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is known for wanting to rip off a portion of the trophies he has won, especially the Coupe des Muscovites, the men’s French Open trophy he is most familiar with.

Nadal coupe bites des Musketeers after winning the French Open.

Safe place

Successful athletes from across the Olympic spectrum have done everything they can to find a place for their medals.

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Team Britain’s Tom Daly, who won the men’s 10m synchronized diving competition with teammate Mattie Lee on Monday, weaved a bag to keep his gold medal safe while in Tokyo.

Daly, who bowed during corona virus infections, posted on Instagram that he had created a position to “prevent itching”.

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

“It’s really heavy, but it’s beautiful, and I’m so proud and happy,” he told the media.

In 2008, USA footballer Christy Rampon told the Tampa Bay Times that her medal collection was hidden in pots and pans at home because she believed it would be the last place anyone could see.

In his early days at the Olympics, Michael Phelps devised some innovative ways of carrying his medals.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper in 2012 for “60 Minutes”, Phelps said he kept eight of his gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Games in a travel makeup case wrapped in a gray T-shirt.

Georgia’s gold medalist Lasha Beguri received her award during the medal ceremony for the men’s 90kg judo competition.

With a total of 28 medals he is the most decorated Olympian of all time, so Phelps will have to follow a new method of storing them.

However, not all athletes have their Olympic memories.

Superstar boxer Vladimir Klitschko told CNN that he sold the gold medal he won at the 1996 Atlanta Games for $ 1 million and that he and his brother Vitaly had set aside a fund for the Klitschko Brothers Foundation. Home country Ukraine.

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

“If they have the knowledge, they can be successful in their adult life and the game gives them rules: how to respect the opponent, how to respect the rules.

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

American swimmer Anthony Erwin auctioned off his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay to help survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.