Paralympic Games Medals Revealed
2,100 will be made, awarded in 502 ceremonies and have an elegant shine purple ribbon wrapped around them.
The medals for the Paralympic Games 2012 were given their first public airing at the British Museum and one person who was extremely pleased with the results was 40 year-old Lin Cheung, as she beat off competition to have the proud honour of designing the medals themselves.
As one may have thought, the medals have significance meaning behind them, symbolising power, lightness and forward flight and has their origins from the original Olympic marble statue, the goddess Nike of Painios.
The reverse side of the medals pictures the area close to the heart of the Greek Goddess of Victory.
So, what did the athletes think of Cheung’s work? Fortunately they were impressed...
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, who already has 11 gold medals on her mantelpiece, had this to say about next year’s medals. "To have something that looks so beautiful is amazing. You want to win that medal - winning is the most amazing experience," Dame Tanni said. "Records come and go but no-one can take that medal from you."
Former wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan added his compliments by saying “We definitely came to the right decision, as it is a beautiful medal.”
Despite all the medals not going into production until later this year you can see the medals for yourself at the Cultural Olympiad in the British Museum now until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012 free of charge.