Olympic Medals

Sochie medalsThe XXII Olympic Winter Games (22nd Winter Olympics) will take place from February 6 – 23 of 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Just about everyone with a TV has heard about the event, but a little less known are the details of the gold, silver and bronze medals which will be given out to the select athletes which earn them. Here are a few facts:

  • The medals represent the landscape of Sochi with the snowy mountain tops reflecting the sun’s rays onto the beaches of the Black Sea coast. The mosaic “patchwork quilt” of national designs on both sides of the medals, represent the various cultures and ethnicities of the Russian Federation.

  • Craftsmen had begun production of the medals during the summer of 2013 since a record number of 1300 medals are to be manufactured for the Sochi Olympic Games.

  • Each medal takes up to 18 hours to create using the latest design and technology processes by Adamas, the leading jeweler of Russia. Each medal weighs between 460 and 531 grams, depending on which metal is used and are 10 mm thick and 100 mm in diameter.

Cosmic Medals

On February 15th of the Games, the seven athletes that place gold in their events on that day will receive very special medals. The medals are embedded with fragments of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013. February 15th is the anniversary of the meteor strike.

Guardian UK: Chelyabinsk meteor impact

Chelyabinsk impact // asha gazeta/www.ng.kz/AP via ABC News