VANCOUVER, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -
-20: Temperature in degrees Celsius used to test the medals ability to
maintain their integrity and durability in cold weather.
2: The number of designers who created the distinctive look of the
2.05: Kilograms of gold Teck provided for the gold medals.
6: All gold medals for the 2010 Winter Games are plated with six
grams of gold.
6.8: Metric tonnes of circuit board from end-of-life electronics
diverted from landfills for the making of the medals.
9: The number of times each medal is struck (in three sets of triple
strikes) to achieve its unique undulating design. Also, the number
of Teck's mining and smelting operations that provided the metals.
30: Number of steps it takes the Royal Canadian Mint to manufacture
34: Mint engineers, engravers, die technicians, machinists, and
production experts who combined forces to create the medals.
48: The number of medal design ideas submitted by artists across
Canada and internationally after VANOC issued its request for
medal proposals in December 2007.
90: The number of kilograms the medal ribbons can withstand (equal to
95: The width of the Paralympic medals in millimetres.
100: The diameter of the Olympic medals in millimetres.
399: Number of Paralympic medals produced for the 2010 Winter Games.
615: Number of Olympic medals produced for the 2010 Winter Games.
903: Weight of copper in kilograms Teck provided for the 2010 bronze
1,014: Number of different crops of the two master Aboriginal artworks
laser etched on the medals. All are unique and one-of-a-kind.
1,950: Kilograms of silver Teck provided for the 2010 medals.
2,817: Number of hours of precision manufacturing needed to produce the
medals at the Mint.
Quick facts: The medals of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
Inspiration: The dramatic form of the Vancouver 2010 medals is inspired
by the ocean waves, drifting snow and mountainous landscape found in the
Games region and throughout Canada.
Design: The medals are based on two large master artworks of an orca
whale (Olympic) and raven (Paralympic). Each of the medals has a unique
hand-cropped section of the abstract art, making every medal one-of-a-
Size: 100 millimetres in diameter and about six mm thick for Olympic
medals; 95 mm in width and average of six mm thick for Paralympic medals.
Weight: Between 500 grams and 576 g depending on the medal.
Designers/manufacturer: Corrine Hunt and Omer Arbel (Canadian designers),
VANOC, and Vancouver 2010 Official Supporters - the Royal Canadian Mint
(manufacturer) and Teck Resources (metals).
Medal Container: In a break with recent tradition and based on feedback
from athletes, a special carrying case is in the final stages of
development so that Olympic and Paralympic medals will be protected in a
stylish, practical and easily transportable way. Vancouver 2010
medallists will receive a case made of heathered wool felt with tonal
embroidery and an antiqued metal emblem for their medals. Many athletes
said that while they treasure the decorative boxes they usually receive,
they needed something equally suited for everyday transport to visit
schoolchildren or dignitaries - some athletes even said they carried
their gold, silver or bronze medals in old socks or the soft velvet bags
that protect whisky bottles!
SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
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