Olympian Gus Kenworthy shows off his 2018 Winter Olympic Ring that was made by O.C. Tanner.
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March 09, 2018 03:13 PM

Even if they didn’t win a medal, the athletes of the U.S. Winter Olympic team will at least get a little bit of bling to show from their time spent competing in PyeongChang.

For the 10th Olympics in a row, O.C. Tanner—a Salt Lake City-based firm that teaches companies how to reward and retain great employees—gave custom-made rings to each of Team U.S.A.’s 244 athletes, as well as to the support crew.

“Whether they make it to the podium or not, these athletes are worthy of being appreciated and honored for their greatness,” says Sandra Christensen, vice president of award design and development for O.C. Tanner.

That kind of generosity helped put O.C. Tanner on PEOPLE’s first annual Companies That Care list, announced in April 2017, celebrating firms that do well by doing good.

The 2018 list, produced by PEOPLE and the research firm Great Place to Work, will be revealed this summer.

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Over the years, O.C. Tanner, which was founded 91 years ago, has provided rings to over 9,500 athletes and support crew, including nearly 600 rings for the U.S. delegation that recently returned from South Korea.

For plenty of the athletes, this wasn’t their first ring. Three-time Olympic snowboard halfpipe medalist Kelly Clarke has five and Shaun White, who also has won three snowboard halfpipe gold medals, now has four—although his ring from the Vancouver Olympics was stolen, but the company was able to replace it.

“He was super excited to wear a pinkie ring this time,” Christensen says, adding that the Olympians—some of whom are so young they have “no clue” what finger a ring is supposed to be worn on—generally spend an hour “contemplating and stewing” over what design to pick.

Although everyone is eligible to get a free band made from sterling silver, they also have the option of tricking their rings out, for an extra fee, with an upgrade to 10-karat or 14-karat white or yellow gold and diamonds.

The rings—which contain the name of the host city, along with the athlete’s name and sport—will be handed out to team members at a ceremony on April 26 when members of the U.S. delegation are expected to appear at the White House.

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