The new design for the 2010 Winter Olympic medals was unveiled Thursday morning. The new design was created by Canadian aboriginal artist Corrine Hunt.
Hunt's design was inspired by the ocean waves, snow and mountains that are the landscape throughout Canada reports The Province.
The medals will feature contemporary artwork and are undulating, not flat, both firsts for Olympic medals.
The medals will be given to those who win at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Teck Resources, a Vancouver company, has provided the 2.05 kg of gold, 1,950 kg of silver and 903 kg of copper required for more than the 1,000 medals that will be handed out. The medals will be one of the heaviest ones in the history of the Olympics.
VANOC’s Chief Executive Officer John Furlong said in a statement:
“The ultimate symbol of a dream come true for an athlete is an Olympic or Paralympic medal. They are the reward for years of effort and sacrifice on the part of the athlete and have the power to inspire children and lift the spirits of an entire country."
Also, the Games motto With Glowing Hearts/Des plus brillants exploits is written in white lettering on the medal’s blue and green ribbon.