Is There a Medal-Stand Script?
There's something very odd about the medal ceremonies at this Olympics. Is someone choreographing these things? Used to be: Step up, receive medal, play anthem, wave to crowd, go home (as that feel-good Coke commercial showing Olympians and Special Olympians receiving medals attests).
But this Olympics has added another semi-obligatory rite. In the swimming events, it went like this: Anthem ends, gold-medal winner invites bronze and silver medalists to top of podium. They put their arms around each other and wave to the crowd. All raise their flower bouquets. Then they bring their medals up to their faces and smile for the cameras (optional behavior: kiss or bite the medal). Then they leave the podium, walk around pool, and throw their flowers to friends or parents in stands.
The track events seem to have their own post-event ritual, too. Winner jogs past the finish line, gets flag of his/her country, does victory lap with flag stretched overhead, or flopped around his/her shoulders.
Nothing wrong with all this, mind you. I'm just sayin'. But who wrote this script and why does everyone seem to follow it?
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