Maybe he was just teething.
Even watching the 2020 Olympics infrequently like our super-fan Seiji has been, it’s easy to spot a gold medal winner sticking their prize in their mouths on the podium. It’s an odd tradition that is said to stem from a test to see if it is really gold, but nowadays is attributed to photographers egging athletes on to do it in order to get a nice shot.
▼ Gold medals are really just recycled gold-plated silver
In fact, we’re probably seeing it more often this time because there are no roaring crowds