Pandemic protocols have kept Olympic venues primarily fan-free, required extra precautions and testing for athletes and staff and prevented many loved ones from cheering their teams on in person.
But one COVID-19 concession may actually make for a beautiful new Olympic tradition.
In years past, dignitaries would place medals around each winner's neck on the podium.
This year, officials are presenting athletes with their medals on a tray, from which they can then theoretically put them on themselves. But with the flowers and the masks, it can be a lot to juggle.
So some Olympians are giving each other a hand, in what might just be the most pure example of teamwork at this year's Games.
This story originally appeared on the Morning Edition live blog.
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