This morning the gold, bronze, and silver medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled at the athlete’s village. The imagery is distinctly British Columbian with First Nations engravings along the front and back.
The symbols are based upon master works by Corrine Hunt, a Vancouver, BC-based artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage. The Olympic medals feature the orca while the raven graces the front of the Paralympic medals. The shape of the round Olympic and square Paralympic medals is wavey, meaning they wouldn’t sit flat.
Here are a few medals from past Winter Olympics to make a comparison.
At a time when the 2010 Games are being criticized for being too politically correct, I’m curious to see the public’s reaction to the medals that will hang around the necks of the world’s best this winter.
The following video was linked in the comments, I thought it would be worth posting here as well:
Update February 20, 2010 The medals are on display at the Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion.
I hear the crowds are 5-6 hours long daily but many say it’s well worth the wait to hold these gems in their hands.