Bronze, silver, and gold medallists, standing on a podium in front of dozens of photographers. One by one or all together, they grab their medals from around their necks and take a playful bite of them. The crowd goes wild, because It’s a classic, iconic shot that we’ve come to expect from the athletes who win big at the Olympics — but strangely enough, we’ve never stopped to think about *why* they actually do it. Well, we’ve got the answers. No matter what the sport or which medal they win, this is something that all Olympians seem to do when they’re in front of the camera. While it certainly makes an excellent photo, it’s also interesting to hear why they do it in the first place — the reason for it is not exactly mind-blowing, but it does make a whole lot of sense. Check out some of the medal-biters from the Rio Olympics below, and find out why they all treat their medals like a post-competition snack.