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Here's The Deal With Those Little Figurines They Give The Olympic Medalists

*pauses DVR, zooms in*

You might have noticed that in addition to some shiny bling, Rio Olympics winners are awarded ~something else~ at their medal ceremonies.

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It's these little...multicolored...doohickeys?

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No one seems to know.

Some of the athletes even seem confused.

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Congrat Michael, but also like can you explain this?

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The trophy is actually a model of the official Rio Olympics logo, which is the first 3D logo in Olympics history.

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The sculpture reportedly functions as a medal holder, but PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

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In every past Olympics, medal winners have been given flowers.

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The flowers were scrapped this year for being "not very sustainable," according to the New York Times.

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Athletes often would end up just throwing the bouquets away.

So, instead of flowers, every medal winner gets this figurine/ornament/statue/sculpture/paperweight/gizmo.

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Even if some people are, let's just say, underwhelmed.

What do you think?

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    So lame. Bring back the flowers!

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