The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 medals were unveiled at a ceremony held in Seoul (KOR) last week.
They were created by the celebrated designer Lee Suk-woo, who incorporated Hangeul – the Korean alphabet and the foundation of Korean culture – into their design through a series of three-dimensional consonants.
These consonants stretch across the face of the medals to the edge, where they come together to spell “Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018”. As a result, they create dynamic diagonal lines that reflect both the history of the Olympic Games and the determination of the competitors vying for a place on the podium.
While the face of the medals shows the Olympic rings, the reverse side features the name of the discipline and event, alongside the PyeongChang 2018 emblem. The ribbon from which the medal hangs is an equally important part of the design, and has been created using Gapsa, a traditional Korean fabric.
The medals range in weight from 586 grams for the gold to 493 grams for the bronze.