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By Amanda

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Do You Know Why Olympic Champions Are Biting Their Gold Medals?

Bronze, silver, and gold medallists, standing on a podium in front of dozens of photographers. One by one or all together, they grab their medals from around their necks and take a playful bite of them. The crowd goes wild, because It's a classic, iconic shot that we've come to expect from the athletes who win big at the Olympics -- but strangely enough, we've never stopped to think about why they actually do it.

Well, we've got the answers. No matter what the sport or which medal they win, this is something that all Olympians seem to do when they're in front of the camera. While it certainly makes an excellent photo, it's also interesting to hear why they do it in the first place -- the reason for it is not exactly mind-blowing, but it does make a whole lot of sense. Check out some of the medal-biters from the Rio Olympics below, and find out why they all treat their medals like a post-competition snack.

This is a classic shot: Post-competition, athletes at the Olympics pose biting their gold medals. Here, the USA Gymnastics team preparing to take a chomp out of their medals.

This is a classic shot: Post-competition, athletes at the Olympics pose biting their gold medals. Here, the USA Gymnastics team preparing to take a chomp out of their medals.

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And here, gold medallists Rafael Nadal Marc Lopez bite their medal on the podium of the men’s doubles final. It makes for a cute picture, but why do they do it?

And here, gold medallists Rafael Nadal Marc Lopez bite their medal on the podium of the men’s doubles final.  It makes for a cute picture, but why do they do it?

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As it turns out, they're not simply checking to see if the medals have been replaced with foil-covered chocolate.

As it turns out, they're not simply checking to see if the medals have been replaced with foil-covered chocolate.

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Many assume it's a tongue-in-cheek way to ensure that the gold medal is real. However, these are NOT real gold (they stopped doing that a long time ago), and all athletes who win all medals do it. So what gives?

The reason they bite into it is actually pretty straightforward: They do it because the photographers tell them to.

The reason they bite into it is actually pretty straightforward: They do it because the photographers tell them to.

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

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

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"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."

 "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."

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So there you have it: They do it to get a good shot, that's all. Now only one question remains: What do those bad boys taste like?

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