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Olympic Medals and Pearls

At the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, there were only two prized jewels that athletes wore with pride: Medals and Pearls. 


From US First Lady Jill Biden, to People’s Champ Naomi Osaka and super gymnast Sunisa Lee, pearls were the gem du jour both on and off the podium. This is neither the only time that pearls added luster to the much awaited sports spectacle. In previous Olympic games, athletes also paired jerseys with gems from the ocean. 


Here, a quick look at pearls that scored gold among both athletes and spectators.


Simone Biles the most decorated gymnast at the Olympics tops off the gold with pearls.


Photo: Tampabay


Olympic Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee wears pearls the day she bags the medal. The American artist gymnast is the 2020 Olympic all-around champion and and uneven bars bronze medalist.


Photo: Vogue


Five-time gold medalist for swimming, Missy Franklin, has been known to compete wearing her favorite pair of pearls.


Photo: Underwateraudio


US First Lady Jill Biden cheers Team USA wearing polka dots and pearls during the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.


Photo: Yahoo


Despite her young years, two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic super athlete Naomi Osaka, has used her platform to inspire, motivate and empower others. Hailed by Vogue as "the people's champion," the tennis phenomenon has emerged from her oyster in recent years with inspiring words like: "You just gotta keep going and fighting for everything, and one day you'll get to where you want."


Photo: SCMP


Swimmer Kathleen Baker was as good as gold in her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games. She is also known to wear her signature pearl earrings, which was lost before she bagged the gold medal in 2016 and later on found by a diver 10-feet below water.


Photo: TeamUSA