This is what our skaters will be competing for next year in February: the elusive Olympic medals.
The coveted gold Olympic medal:
The Paralympic medals.
Despite the debacle that was the mascot selection for the Sochi Olympics (both the initial slate of candidates as well as the allegedly rigged voting process to vote for the winners), I must admit that these medals are absolutely gorgeous. The Vancouver Olympic medals had a more earthy feel to them which I find to suit the feel of Vancouver. These medals are elaborate and flashy though not in a tacky way, which is definitely not in line with Russian figure skating costumes. Oh well. That’s fine with me.
What do you think of the medals for Sochi?
~The Rinkside Cafe
Edit: The people at ontd_skating have provided a picture of previous Winter Olympics medals. I personally like all the ones after 2002 Salt Lake (aka Turin and Vancouver).
And just for fun, I’ll throw in this picture of the medal designs for the Summer Olympics. You can see that the Winter Olympic medals are a lot more interesting and varied.