What Do Olympians Do With Their Medals?

One Olympian sleeps with her bronze medal on her pillow

Olympic athletes spend many years training to compete on the biggest stage. With 93 countries represented at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, just under 200 athletes have earned a medal so far.

Some athletes, after getting their hardware, take to social media to share how they are celebrating their win.

Snowboard halfpipe bronze medalist Arielle Gold chose to share the feeling of Olympic glory with passersby at Olympic Park. She walked around with a sign requesting a pin in exchange for the chance to get up close with her medal and pose for photos. Gold was quick to forgo the pin trade and offered a photo to those she met. 

"I wanted to come out here because I've been trying to brainstorm ways to really thank all the fans and spectators that've been out here watching all the events... I don't think many people get to talk to the athletes," Gold said.

"For me it feels like giving back for all the amazing support we've had thus far."

American snowboarder Chloe Kim snapped a photo of her grandmother holding her gold medal, while Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic has opted to sleep with her bronze medal from the 7.5 kilometer sprint. 

Before the Olympics began, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin shared she kept her medals in a safe place. 

"The medals and globes for me are the most important kinds of trophies that I get. When I look at the Olympic medal it's like a sign of that part of my life," Shiffrin said

To keep them safe, Shriffin stores her medals in socks.

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