Cape Town - Let's play a game of spot the difference...
Besides their medals, what are the Olympians below holding in their hands?
The first image is from the London Olympics in 2012, while the second is from this year's Rio Olympics.
You guessed it... the flowers are gone.
But before you're upset about the long-standing Olympic tradition being trashed, consider this: the flowers were probably trashed anyway - straight after being awarded to the Olympians. Because that's the thing with flowers, they die. And then you throw them away.
That was the reasoning behind the decision to replace the flowers with a 3D printed version of the Rio Olympic logo, designed by Brazilian graphic designer Fred Gelli.
The flowers were 'not very sustainable,' Christy Nicolay, executive producer of the victory ceremonies, told the NY Times. 'We give it to an athlete, and very often they just throw it away...'
Now, instead of the traditional bouquet along with their medals, Olympians at this year’s Summer Games will be able to have a better-aging memoir, apart from their medals, of course.
Despite the talk of sustainability, however, the sculptures are made of resin, polyresin and PVC, NBC says. And unfortunately, many Olympic followers have not taken well to the new sustainable souvenirs...
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