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The faces of Olympic victory


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2021 Jul 26, 10:37, Tokyo
Gold medal winner Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, center, poses with silver medalist Alex Yee of Great Britain, left, and bronze medalist Hayden Wilde of New Zealand during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics Photo: AP

 The faces of victory will be a bit more visible for the rest of the Tokyo Olympics.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee relaxed its health rules and said medalists can remove their masks on the podium for photos — for 30 seconds.

This, says the IOC, acknowledges “a unique moment in their sporting career.”

Health protocols agreed to ahead of the Tokyo Olympics to control COVID-19 infections had required all medalists to keep masks on for the whole ceremony.


Hayden Wilde of New Zealand holds his bronze medal during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
photo: Ap
Hayden Wilde of New Zealand holds his bronze medal during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. photo: Ap

But it’s not all freedom and exposed mouths from here on out. Athletes have to stay on their own podium step. And group photos on the top step? Masks back on, please.

Alex Yee of Great Britain holds his silver medal during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Photo: AP
Alex Yee of Great Britain holds his silver medal during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics Photo: AP
Gold medal winner Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, center, poses with silver medalist Alex Yee of Great Britain, left, and bronze medalist Hayden Wilde of New Zealand during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Photo: AP
Gold medal winner Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, center, poses with silver medalist Alex Yee of Great Britain, left, and bronze medalist Hayden Wilde of New Zealand during a medal ceremony for the men's individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics Photo: AP

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