Now, we’ve heard of sports candy (you know, little chocolates wrapped in foil designed like baseballs or soccer balls), and we’ve heard of people designing their own edible Olympic medals – but now we have proof that our dreams of Olympic chocolaty goodness might be coming true. The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – also known as LOCOG – wanted to make sure that everyone involved in the games understood how to give and/or receive flowers and medals. So as part of the practice for the ceremony, they used gold chocolate coins in lieu of medals, so that A) participants would know how to hand over a medal correctly, and B) Olympians would know how to take one.
There’s something about this that makes us very, very happy – especially because the news has been making a big deal of how much candy Olympians seem to consume. Apparently, there’s a pretty long history between athletes and candy. And while most Olympians try to eat well, they still have to consume a lot of calories. (Michael Phelps averaged 12,000 calories a day while he was in Beijing!) And some of those calories, it seems, may have come from gold chocolate coins.
Or Snickers. It seems that American athletes love them some Snickers bars.
Let’s hope their trainers decided to buy candy online, where they could get it in bulk: I’d hate to find out that Team USA had to pay extra to reward their hard work with a sweet treat.
Anyway, regardless of whether they were eating tennis-ball designed sports candy or drinking a tall glass of ice-cold chocolate milk (here’s looking at you, Jessica Hardy and Nathan Adrian), we’re super psyched to know that our Olympians love their candy as much as we do.
Go Team USA!