Olympians keep medals with them day and night
Standing on the Olympic podium is the moment athletes spend years dreaming about and working towards. But what do they actually do with their accolades once their greatest goal has been fulfilled?
In a live Q&A session with fans on the Olympic Athletes’ Hub, 100m breaststroke champion Cameron van der Burgh admitted it was hard to let his gold medal slip out of sight. “I will carry it with me for the rest of my days,” he said.
Brazilian judoka Felipe Kitadai committed himself to a similar duty of care after winning bronze in the men’s -60kg category, even taking it in the shower – no easy feat, as he explains: “I was afraid to get it wet so put it in my mouth while I soaped myself.”
Meanwhile, Venezuelan fencer Ruben Limardo was spotted on the London Underground, proudly wearing his gold medal – his country’s first for 44 years.
British Iranian comedian Omid Djalili posted a photo of Limardo amidst a carriage full of commuters, adding: “I was hoping for an image like this during #Olympics2012”
Whilst others wore their medals for every waking hour, the gold medal-winning US artistic gymnastics team went one step further. “Sleeping with our medals under our pillows,” tweeted team member Jordyn Wieber.
However, British track cyclist Chris Hoy had more administrative concerns – updating his twitter biography. Having won gold in the team sprint on Wednesday, Hoy now describes himself as “5 x Olympic Champ.”