We Are At It Again!!!
October 16, 2009 Leave a comment
And the world….. gasps!!!
Dear lord – have you seen the 2010 Winter Olympic medals Canada created?? Who do they think they are creating something that isn’t… TRADITIONAL!!!!!!!
That’s right people.
Canada’s medals are unique, warped (or as eloquantly put “ondulated”), the heaviest medals in Olympic history and, that’s right folks, “untraditional”.
And I love ‘em.
Canada continues to break all Olympic norms, by setting precedence after precedence – and yet, continues to fuel the flames of discontent in the hearts of many.
Sucks to be discontent doesn’t it.
Instead of following pro quo… Vancouver 2010 has chosen to remain true to our heritage, our abundance of nature and set standards that now must be achieved by all following OCOGs.
The unique design of the medals do not follow the standard medals produced in the past, slightly altered with each Game but lacking in uniqueness and individuality. Instead – you have, as explained here:
“… The dramatic form of the Vancouver 2010 medals is inspired by the ocean waves, drifting snow and mountainous landscape found in the Games region and throughout Canada. The Olympic medals are circular in shape, while the Paralympic medals are a superellipse, or squared circle. Both are equal in size. Their significant weight — between 500 grams to 576 g depending on the medal — represents the magnitude of the athlete’s accomplishment. The Olympic medals are 100 millimetres in diameter and about six mm thick, while the Paralympic medals are 95 mm wide and about six mm thick. They are among the heaviest medals in Olympic and Paralympic history.
The gold, silver and bronze medals were designed with direct input from Olympic and Paralympic athletes who shared their experiences about medals they won at past Games and what they would like to see in future medals. Their stories and dreams helped shape the medals, which are being produced and supplied by Vancouver 2010 Official Supporters the Royal Canadian Mint and Canadian mining and metals giant Teck Resources Limited, in collaboration with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
The medals are based on two large master artworks of an orca whale (Olympic) and raven (Paralympic) by Corrine Hunt, a Canadian designer/artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage based in Vancouver, BC. Each of the medals has a unique hand-cropped section of the abstract art, making every medal one-of-a-kind. ”
Oh shame on Canada for asking input from our athletes. How dare we create a historical medal! We bastard Canadians are at it again!!! So audacious are we… Seriously.
Mock ‘em if you like. One thing that we can guarantee: any athlete who wins one of these incredible and substantial medals will never forget them. They will never have to check where they won them from. They are easily identifiable at first glance. And the sheer weight of them – honours the determination, skill and stamina that it took to get them to that podium, bow and receive this great honour. That alone deserves respect.
BUT – the immature woman-child within me is yelling… YOU JUST JEALOUS YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE!!!
And I know I’m right on that one.
And if you could have one – I highly doubt you’d be saying … Nawh. They ain’t pretty enough. No thanks. You keep it.
And for the record… our medals are rather traditional. Canadian traditional. Not Olympic traditional. And that’s what you get for letting us Canucks show what we are all about. I suppose that’s why the IOC practically drooled all over them with glee in their eyes when they saw them – AND – approved them.
Uh… yeah. Let’s not go there today.