Did you know that every hosting city gets to design their own medals in their own iconic way? To explore many more such intriguing facts about London 2012 Olympics Games Medals, read on.

London Olympic Games Medals

Possibly the most coveted dream of any athlete, the Olympics medal signifies nothing less than sheer excellence. It's the token of brilliance, the recognition of the best and foremost in the field of sports. Medals have been conferred to the winners and runners-up ever since the inception of modern Olympics in 1896. For each host city, special medals are minted every Olympics that are singular in their design and size. London 2012 Olympics Games medal is being touted as the biggest Summer Olympics medals to date. Designed by David Watkins and Lin Cheung and produced by the Royal Mint, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic victory medals is a juxtaposition of goddess Nike that symbolizes the spirit and tradition of the games, and River Thames that embodies London itself. It took great efforts from the artists and the judging panel to finalize a design that grabbed appreciations from the entire world. The London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) Victory Ceremonies team worked coherently with Philips Attwood, British Museum's Keeper of Coins and Medals to come up with a medal that covered everything, right from the geological growth of the city to its treasured traditions.

Fast Facts On The Medal

Thickness 7mm
Weight 400g
Diameter 85mm
Designed By David Watkins

2012 Olympic Games Medal Features

Significance Of The Design
The London Olympics medal is fraught with significance. While the front depicts the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike stepping out of Parthenonso to enter the host city of London, the reverse side features the Olympic logo along with the architectural expression of the city. But that is not all. It also represents a string of other symbols like River Thames, a fluttering Baroque ribbon, a bowl-shaped background and a square. The logo balances itself against a 'pick-up-sticks' grids that signifies the energy of the athletes and the sense of coming together. The sport and discipline is etched on the rim of each medal.

Medal Symbolic Features
Features Of The Medal
The Making Of The Medal
The precious ore required for the making of the medal is provided by London 2012 sponsor Rio Tinto. The metal for the medals have been mined from Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper Mine as well as OyuTolgoi project in Mongolia. Considering the small quantity of non-precious elements of the bronze medals, zinc has been obtained from a mine in Australia and also from recycled stock. The tin used in these medals have been extracted from a mine in Cornwall. Each medal has the sport and the corresponding discipline engraved on it. The entire making process consumes around 10 hours where each medal is struck fifteen times on a specific press using about 9000 tons of weight. After each five strikes, these medals are rolled through a 750 degree furnace which is undertaken to soften the metal. Hence, this process allows the designs to be replicated perfectly onto the metal.

During this year London Games, more than 2,100 medals will be given away to the athletes during 302 victory ceremonies. It surely would be a matter of immense pride and joy to wear the medal that truly reflects the spirit of London and the history of Olympics.