As at least one of the perplexed Twitter users points out, you'd think they'd be passing out tons of tropical flower bouquets in a fertile country like Brazil. But it turns out the lack of floral gifts for medalists has to do with sustainability at the Games.
Specifically, when reached by phone on Wednesday, a Rio 2016 spokesperson said handing out tropical flowers to the athletes -- which would later be thrown away -- would be wasteful and not sustainable. Instead, each medalist is given a colorful sculpture of the Rio Olympics logo and some flowers are included on the stage when medals are awarded. What's perhaps even more interesting is that the decision makes Rio 2016 the first Olympics to do away with flower bouquets for athletes, the spokesperson said. Whoa.