London 2012 Olympic medals unveiled- 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00
To mark one year to go to the London 2012 Games, the London 2012 Olympic medals have been unveiled by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, and London 2012 Chair Seb Coe at a special ceremony, broadcast live on BBC1, in Trafalgar Square, London.
The Olympic medals will be made in Britain and have been designed by London artist David Watkins.
Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: ‘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’.
‘All of our preparations are focused on ensuring the athletes are at the heart of the Games, and I believe that through this rigorous process the panel of experts have selected an artist and a design for medals that all athletes would be proud to own’.
The Olympic medals’ circular form is a metaphor for the world, the front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the summer Games - the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.
IOC President Jacques Rogge added: ‘Highlighting the effort and achievement of the athletes, as well as the city where the Games are held, these beautiful medals will be a fitting reward for the Olympic medallists of 2012’.
‘It is the pinnacle of a sporting career to become an Olympic champion but I am confident that receiving one of these medals will make it all the more special in London next year. Congratulations to LOCOG for creating a design that will inspire the Olympians of 2012.’
The sport and discipline of the medal-winning athletes will be engraved on the rim of every medal.
Artist David Watkins commented: ‘It is exciting to think that the finest athletes in the world will be wearing my medal design next summer. Its key symbols juxtapose, front and back, the goddess Nike for the spirit and tradition of the Games, and the River Thames for the city of London. I hope the medal will be enjoyed and treasured as a record of great personal achievements in 2012’.
The independent panel selecting the medal design and advising LOCOG was chaired by Sir John Sorrell (Co-Chair, the Sorrell Foundation) with Ade Adepitan (Paralympian & TV presenter) as deputy chair and Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director of the Whitechapel Gallery), Sir Mark Jones (V&A Director & medals expert), Catherine Johnson (writer) and Martin Green (LOCOG Head of Ceremonies).
In 2012 more than 2,100 Olympic medals will be presented in 302 Olympic victory ceremonies in more than 30 venues over 16 days of competition.
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.
The medals will go into production later this year at Royal Mint’s headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.
The design and designer of the London 2012 Paralympic medals will be announced by the team later this year.