The dream of many athletes is to stand on the podium after a thrilling contest, hear the National Anthem played and receive an Olympic Medal. In February, that dream may become the reality for some of the 1100 athletes participating in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. The first medals are now ready and will be given to the winners during the Victory Ceremonies after the competitions.
“I’m so happy the medals are ready and I’m really excited for them to be handed out to the athletes in a few days time”, says Tomas Holmestad, CEO of Lillehammer 2016.
20-year-old Ciprian Burzo from Romania won the IOC’s International Medal Design Contest this summer. After outdoing 300 contributions from 65 countries, he now gets the honour of seeing his own design being awarded to the best young athletes in the world.
“To win an Olympic Medal is a memory for life, but so is designing the award”, says Holmestad.
|The B-side of the medal incorporates the visual profile and the logo of the Games.
A Part Of Olympic History
The Youth Olympic Medals consist of an A-side and a B-side. Ciprian designed the A-side, whereas Lillehammer 2016 made the B-side.
The energy and the spirit of the Youth Olympics inspired the young Romanian when he designed the contribution, called “To the top”. He used elements such as the Scandinavian mountains, winter, ice, skates, skis and the podium in the design.
“I’m so proud that my contribution is now a part of the Olympic history”, says Ciprian.
The 20-year-old gets a complete set of medals and a trip to Norway during the Games as a prize to see the the medals being awarded to the athletes.
The Youth Olympic Games is an elite sporting event by and for the youth and Lillehammer 2016 and the IOC are constantly working to involve young people in all aspects of the Games.
The B-side of the medal incorporates the visual profile and the logo of the Games, which were designed by four young Norwegian students in the early stages of the Games organisation. As a result, the medals have a youth design and creativity from concept to final product.