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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.

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

WHAT ARE THEY???

No one seems to know.

Some of the athletes even seem confused.

Congrat Michael, but also like can you explain this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think?

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