The medals of PyeongChang 2018

After a week of competition, many Canadian athletes have already won a medal that will serve as a memory of their participation in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang for the rest of their lives. Here’s what you need to know about these medals.

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For every edition of the Olympic Games, the host country creates a set of medals that represents its culture and the olympic spirit. For the 2018 Winter Games, the olympic committee asked famous South Korean designer Lee Suk-Woo to offer his services.

Inspired by his native culture and traditions, he included a pattern resembling tree trunks and element of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet and foundation of the Korean culture, in the logo of the PyeongChang Games. The ribbon from which the medal hangs is also a tribute to Korea. It is made of gaspa, a traditional Korean fabric to which were also added elements of Hangeul.   

The reverse of the medals state the discipline, the event and the PyeongChang 2018 emblem. A total of 259 sets of medals will be given in the 2018 Olympics.

These olympic medals represent Korea’ culture and traditions, but also the athletes dedicated hard work throughout their lives to reach their dreams and the memories they will have made during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Other characteristics of the 2018 Olympic medal

Gold medal
Composition: silver medal with a purity of 99.9% plated with 6 g of gold.
Weight: 586 g.

Silver medal
Composition: silver medal with a purity pure of 99.9%
Weight: 580 g.

Bronze medal
Composition: bronze (Cu90-Zn10)
Weight: 493 g.