On the occasion of the
500-day countdown to the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Organizing
Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) unveiled the Games' medals.
Reverse side of the
Medal and the Ribbon
BOCOG Executive Vice-President and chairman of the evaluation panel Jiang
Xiaoyu attended the unveiling ceremony and delivered a
speech at the Capital Museum on Tuesday.
The medals are designed with inspiration from "bi", China's ancient jade piece inscribed with dragon pattern. The
medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are embodiment
of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor.
The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On their obverse side,
the medals adopt the standard design prescribed by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) -- a drawing that represents the winged goddess of victory Nike and Panathinaikos
Arena, while on their reverse side, the medals are inlaid with jade with
the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece.
Noble and elegant, the medals are a blending of traditional Chinese culture
and the Olympism. It gives the winners of the Games great honor and acclamation
as recognition of their achievement.
The IOC has strict stipulation on the Olympic medals' material,
identification, weight, size and drawing. The medals for the champion and the
runner-up are made of pure silver, and the champion's medal must be plated with
gold weighing not less than six grams each. For the first time jade is used for
the Olympic medals. The design not only meets the IOC requirements, but also
expresses praise and honor that the Chinese people cherish for the Olympic
Spirit and the Olympic athletes.
In his speech, Jiang Xiaoyu said the Beijing 2008 Games medals will be a
major part of the Olympic legacy for China. The design of the medals is a result
of hard work and enthusiasm of many people. The medals, he said, embody strong
Chinese style and elegant art, and are a harmonious combination of the Chinese
culture with the Olympism, making them a vehicle to spread the Olympic Spirit
and the concepts of the Beijing Games, as well as to showcase Chinese culture
and arts, and the high levels of design and technology.
The medal box, ribbon
and certificate, which were released simultaneously, also embody aesthetic taste
of traditional Chinese culture and reflect the distinct Chinese characteristics
Obverse side of the
Medal and the Ribbon
The medal box is made of a wooden lacquer box with traditional Chinese
techniques. The box is rectangular in shape, with four
slightly curving sides of its lid and base, a symbol of heaven and earth,
which conveys the message of happiness and best wishes for the world. The ribbon
is exquisitely designed with cloud pattern woven on the red strap, sending out
joyful and festive atmosphere. The certificate is made of thin silk and rice
paper, an integrated whole of traditional techniques and modern printing.
On January 11, 2006, BOCOG launched a global campaign to solicit design
proposals for the medals of the 2008 Games whilst inviting eleven professional
organizations, including China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation, the
Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua
University, to the campaign. The campaign was sponsored by BHP Billiton, the
diversified minerals and medals sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and
the Paralympic Games.
Within three months, 265 entries were sent in from 25 provinces
(municipalities, and autonomous regions) and Hong Kong Special Administration
Region (SAR) of China, America, Australia, Russian and Germany.
BOCOG called in a panel of experts and academies in the fields of arts,
sculpture and mintage, thereafter, for two round selections of the 179 valid
entries, and had the medal proposal improved during the process.
BOCOG and IOC passed the final proposal on January 11, 2007 and February 8,
delivered a speech：致词
ancient jade piece inscribed with dragon
slightly curving sides of its lid and base：天地盖四边略呈弧形