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  • How the Olympic medals showcase Russian culture

    Fourth-Place Medal8 mths ago

    Every Olympic athlete wants one. So what does the medalfor the Sochi Games look like? It's pretty cool if you ask us.

    Thirty-five hundred Olympians will compete for a record 1,300 medals at Sochi. The awards have been engraved with the Sochi "patchwork quilt" theme — a mosaic of national designs that highlights the cultures of the Russian Federation, according to the Sochi website.

    "Gorgeous" is how Jim Greensfelder, medal expert and member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, described the medal design to Yahoo over the phone. "This one has some uniqueness to it."

    The design represents the extremes of the country, incorporating mountains, ice, snow, and sea. Each Russian-made medal took about 18 hours to craft and includes both glass and metal. The winning design was chosen from a Russian team as well.

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