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This Is Why Olympians Bite Their Medals In Photos

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You’ve probably seen a million, billion, gazillion photos of Olympians biting down on their new medals.

Yum, tasty snack…?

And it’s not a new phenomenon, either.

And it's not a new phenomenon, either.

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This is the 1991 Great Britain track-and-field team.

So why does everyone chomp down on their medal like it’s a stick of beef jerky?

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The answer is that the photographers pretty much force them to (lol).

The answer is that the photographers pretty much force them to (lol).

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“It’s become an obsession with the photographers,” David Wallechinsky, the president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, told CNN. “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.”

Because you can only have so many dorky photos of medalists just standing there and smiling, right?

Because you can only have so many dorky photos of medalists just standing there and smiling, right?

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And of course, one historic way to tell if gold is real is to bite down on it.

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