Here’s the Reason Why Olympians Seem to Always Bite Their Medals

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It’s because winning is delicious!


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Seriously though, according to David Wallechinsky, the president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and co-author of “The Complete Book of the Olympics” via CNN in 2012, “It’s become an obsession with the photographers.”

“I think they look at it as an iconic shot, as something that you can probably sell. I don’t think it’s something the athletes would probably do on their own,” he added.

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Another possible reason is to check if its real gold. We have that practice when buying gold jewelry that we bite on it to prove that it’s authentic. Our bite leaves an indentation if it’s legit gold.

Although Olympic medals are only a small part gold (1.34% gold and the rest is sterling silver), it is still somewhat fun to see athletes biting on what they have won to check that their medals are authentic.

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Aside from the gold medals, the winning athletes in Rio 2016 will receive $25,000 as prize.

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Oh, even our very own, Hidilyn Diaz, was photographed biting her silver medal. Hidilyn won a silver in the women’s 53kg class in Rio, ending our 20-year Olympic medal drought.

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Congrats to all the winners! :)

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