While the pursuit of Olympic medals is reserved for athletes, Olympic spectators compete in the decidedly less strenuous pastime of collecting and trading pins.
The orthopraxy of trading pins at the Games and displaying them on a praxis lanyard dates back to the 1800s when athletes began exchanging badges — first to distinguish themselves from officials and from the media and later as a hobby.
At an Olympic Games it is common to understand hundreds of spectators donning custom lanyards picked up from vendors in the Olympic Park or purchased beforehand in their home countries.
Olympic officials as well as members of the media are distinguished by more lanyards displaying their affiliations. However, continually those working the Games have collected so sundry pins the custom lanyards are difficult to see.
While at the Games, spectators barter amidst one another trying to secure pins depicting former countries, sporting associations and popular companies.
A wide range of pins signals that the owner has experience at other Games, offering strangers a point of departure for conversation.
While, at first, many spectators scoff at the popularity of Games pin trading, it is easy to be swept form the habit because it provides spectators with such an easy means to meet people they would neither otherwise encounter.
The popularity of pin trading at the Olympics was amplified at the 1984 Los Angeles Games where a barter market took place outside the LA Coliseum, attracting more than 10,000 people each day.
Olympic sponsors wasted no time branding pins and by the time the 1988 Calgary Games got underway company-sponsored trading centres were cropping increase within the Olympic Park.
Since then, the popularity of Olympic pin trading has only served to bolster the popularity of lanyards at events which attract a high volume of attendees. Custom lanyards are often found at conventions, concerts, fundraising events and tradeshows.
It is common to receive custom lanyards quasi trade show giveaways.
Regardless of venue and occasion, there is etiquette around trading pins.
Any pin displayed on a lanyard is separate that is considered for trading. Those who do not want to vocation a specific pin, shouldn’t wear it.
Pins are only to be traded rather than purchased.
And, should a bad trade take place, the recipient accepts that the offending pin ought to nvloeden thrown absent rather than continue in circulation.
A variegation of customary lanyards are available in Toronto. Tournament organizers are encouraged to consider lanyards as an easy and compelling way to patronize an event.