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London 2012 Olympic medals unveiled
Jul 28th, 11. To mark one year to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the London 2012 Olympic medals have been unveiled.
"'I hope that seeing the design of the London 2012 Olympic medals will be a source of inspiration for the thousands of athletes around the world who are counting down the year before they compete at the greatest show on earth," said London Organising Committee Olympic Games (LOCOG} Chair, Seb Coe.
The London 2012 Olympic medals will weigh 375-400g, be 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick.
The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.
The design for the reverse of the London 2012 Olympic medals contains five main symbolic elements:
1. The dished background suggests a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre.
2. The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern City, or as a geological metaphor as a tough crystalline growth which is deliberately jewel like.
3. The grid brings both a pulling together and sense of outreach on the design – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes' achievements and effort.
4. The River Thames is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon and adds a sense of celebration.
5. The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design and emphasising its focus on the centre and reinforcing the sense of 'place' as in a map inset.
The ore for the medals is supplied by London 2012 sponsor Rio Tinto and is mined at Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper Mine near Salt Lake City in America, as well as from the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia.
London 2012 Medals facts
• The Olympic medals are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city's organizing committee.
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