What do medals look like

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Friday, and it won’t be long before the first trio of medals are handed out, with six sports handing over the honors the day after the opening ceremonies.

At the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, a total of 307 medals were awarded, and more will be awarded this year with the addition of seven new medal events, such as mixed team ski jumping, men’s and women’s big air freestyle skiing and the women’s monobob. .

In total, there will be 109 medal events in 15 sports.

The modern Olympics have existed since the Athens Olympics of 1896, but at these Olympics, first place received a silver medal and second place a bronze medal. No medal was awarded for third place.

The system of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals only began at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and has been in place for the Winter Games since the first in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

All past gold, silver and bronze medals are somewhat similar to each other, but with each host city comes a twist to the medal to honor the culture of the city and country, so no other Olympic medal is not alike. Here’s everything you need to know about the medals that will be awarded this year.

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What do they look like?

All Winter Olympic medals past and present feature some of the same elements. The Olympic symbol of the five rings, as well as the official logo and name of the games. This year’s Games are officially called the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

What’s special about this year’s game is that the medals actually have names. The medals are named Tong Xin, which translates to “together as one”.

Each medal contains five rings “representing the Olympic spirit of bringing people together and the splendor of the Winter Olympics shared around the world”. The innermost ring contains the five rings Olympic symbol and the second innermost ring bears the official name of the games. Two of the other rings have patterns believed to be snow, ice, and cloud patterns.

On the back is the official name of the games in Chinese, as well as the name of the medal event, according to the Olympic press release.

Have I seen a medal design before?

If you look at the design and think it somehow looks like a past design, that’s because it pays homage to a past.

In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics and their medals were the first to use jade. The Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee said the shapes of the medals resemble those of these medals, intended to showcase Beijing as the first “double Olympic city”, the first city to host both Summer and Summer Olympics. ‘winter.

The committee added that the concave rings echo the traditional design of jade, with patterns based on traditional Chinese patterns.

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