Prize Medals of The Olympic Winter Games

In 1896, at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in Athens, the event winner was crowned with an olive wreath and received a silver medal. It was not until 1960 in Rome, that the medals were placed around the winners’ necks. Today, a colored ribbon is now attached to the medal to hang around the neck. The winter medals are unique to each Olympic Games, where the design is left to the creativity of the Organizing Committee. This provides a chance for each host country to express its cultural identity through the choice of design style and materials used.

Each Winter Olympic Games organizing committee has the ability to design its own medals. The Winter Games medals should reflect the visual look, plus the cultural and aesthetic elements selected by the individual organizing committee. They must show the Olympic emblem, the full name of the Games, the name of the sport or discipline concerned, and the organizing committee emblem.