The Olympics look very different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic — and the medal ceremony is no different.
This year, the official plan is "sort of DIY medal ceremony," according to NBC's Tom Llamas in July. The coveted gold, silver and bronze medals are brought to the Olympians on a tray, and the athletes are expected to pick up the medal themselves and place it around their own neck.
Several athletes have put their own personal touch on the meaningful moment. Teammates and partners have been photographed giving each other medals on the podium.
In a normal year, the victorious Olympians will stand on a three-tiered podium while someone places a medal around their neck.
That tradition, which began in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy, has become a staple of the Games.
The pandemic has also forced the medal ceremonies to be a little more restrained: Athletes are asked to avoid contact like high-fiving and hugging, but the excitement still shines through.
Athletes are also masked while standing on the podium before briefly taking their mask off for an individual photo opportunity.
One long-lasting tradition that the pandemic hasn't yet changed? Athletes have still been photographed biting the edges of their medals.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told TODAY in July that the organization supported any rule that helped the Games run safely and smoothly.
“We have said from the very beginning one principle," Bach said. "This is that yes, we want to organize this Olympic Games, but we want to organize it in a safe and secure way for everybody.”
As of Thursday night, the United States has racked up 38 medals, including 14 gold, 14 silver, and 10 bronze.
The next runner-up is China, with 31 total medals, including 15 gold. In third place is the Russian Olympic Committee, with 28 total medals.