Why you aren't seeing the medal ceremonies

BY foxsports • February 18, 2014

There's a reason you're not seeing your favorite athletes jump, scream and cry when they hear their national anthem or get a medal hung around their necks.

It's because Olympic organizers are trying something new, bringing the winners closer to the fans at the Games.

The medal ceremonies are now taking place on a preset schedule at the center of the Olympic Park so fans know when they can see their favorites.

The athletes are still recognized immediately after they win their respective events with a small podium and flower ceremony.

"We air them when they'€™re relevant, and we feel that they fit best in the coverage," an NBC Olympics spokesman told TODAY.com.

Jamie Anderson of the United States receives her gold medal celebrates during the ceremony for the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle at Medals Plaza.

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