Vancouver Olympic medals are one of a kind

A gold medal for the Vancouver Winter Games.
A gold medal for the Vancouver Winter Games. (Jonathan Hayward/canadian Press Via Associated Press)
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympic medals as unique as athletes

-- Have you looked closely at the medals being awarded to the Olympic athletes? If you think they look different, you're right.

Unlike most medals in other Olympics, they are not flat, but have a wavy design that from some angles makes them look not perfectly round. This design represents the mountains of western Canada around Vancouver. The design on each medal is unique, part of a larger work of art created by a native Canadian artist. Winners get a scarf showing the entire work, so they can find where their medal -- or medals -- appears. The medals weigh between 17 and 20 ounces -- a little more than a pound -- and are just under four inches across. The gold medal is mostly silver but is covered in gold. The silver medal is all silver. And the bronze medal? It's made of copper.

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