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(January 11, 2006) Organizers of the Beijing Olympic Games have launched a global campaign to solicit design proposals for the medals of the 2008 Games.

  The solicitation starts on January 11 and ends on March 26, 2006, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced today at a press conference held in the Beijing Olympic Media Centre.

  "The designs for the Beijing Olympic medals should highlight the themes of 'glory and dream' and 'faster, higher and stronger'," Zhang Ming, deputy director of BOCOG's Culture and Ceremonies Department, said at the press conference. "The medals should be the material vehicles to disseminate the Olympic ideals and the concepts of the Beijing Games, to showcase China's arts, designs and scientific and technological development. They should become the unique legacy of the Beijing Games."

  Designers are encouraged to use medals for previous Games as well as the emblem and mascots of the Beijing Olympic Games for reference. Anyone interested is welcome to contribute. The request forms for proposals and other related documents, including detailed information on the design requirements (see the attached backgrounder), can be downloaded from the official BOCOG website -- www.beijing2008.com. Some Beijing print media will publish the same forms and documents. The organizing committee of the medal design proposal solicitation will invite specialized art design institutes as well as individual designers to contribute their works.

  The solicitation campaign is sponsored by BHP Billiton, the diversified minerals and medals sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.

  BACKGROUNDER

  As required by BOCOG, the submitted proposal shall be composed of the following parts:

  1) The image of the obverse of the medal (relief model);

  2) The image of the reverse of the medal (relief model);

  3) The medal ribbon, including ribbons for gold medal, silver medal and bronze medal respectively;

  4) The medal presentation box, including boxes for gold medal, silver medal and bronze medal respectively;

  5) Diploma

  A complete set of proposal of the medal shall include the images of the obverse and the reverse of the medal, the ribbon, the presentation box and the diploma. The proposal shall be presented in plane design and three-dimensional design including chromatic and monochrome design drawing; especially, the effect drawings of the relief model of the images of the obverse and the reverse of the medal in actual size shall be provided; the medal shall be no less than 60 mm in diameter and no less than 3 mm thick.

  The image of the obverse of the medal of the Olympic Games shall use the uniform image determined by the IOC. The image features the winged depiction of standing Goddess of Victory and the panorama of Greek Panathinaiko Stadium. The wording on the obverse of the medal is XXIX OLYMPIAD BEIJING 2008.

  The image of the reverse of the medal shall be unique in concept and vivid in style, perfectly reflect the features of the Olympic Games and characteristics of China, stay compatible with the image of the obverse of the medal and conform with the requirements of the metal crafts work.

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BOCOG holds symposium on Olympic medal design

Updated:2006-02-28  

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  (BEIJING, Feb. 28) -- BOCOG Culture and Ceremonies Department organized a symposium on the design of Olympic medals here today.

  Over 30 people from various design institutes attended the discussion. The symposium is to bring the designers a better understanding of the Olympic culture, the concepts of the Beijing Olympic, and its image and visual system.

  The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) launched a campaign to solicit design proposals for the medals of the 2008 Games on January 11, 2006.

  The campaign, sponsored by BHP Billiton, the diversified minerals and medals sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, will end on March 26, 2006.

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I really wish that the IOC would go back to using the same medal design every year for the Summer Olympics.  One of the great things about tradition in sports is that you can see great athletes of today winning and being award the same prize as athletes of decades ago.  There'd probably be a pretty big backlash if the decision was made to use a different World Series trophy, or a different Vince Lombardi trophy, or a different World Cup trophy every year.  It's nice to be able to look at that same symbol of excellence year in and year out.

I say keep the fronts of the medals the same, and just allow for creative license on the back.

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Uh, the front face of the Summer Olympics medal is going to stay the same for a long while and for quite a lot of future Olympiads. At least, the 2004 edition of it. Don't know how long (until Sydney 2000) was that last front face design.

As for the back of the medal, that's pretty much up to the organizing committee on how it will design it.

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That's okay. The Winter Olympics is a "free for all" sweepstakes for medal designs big time. In fact, some of us here in another topic like to comment on which of the winter ones they like the most because the looks of them are so wide-ranging.
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