Olympic Medals Arrive in Sochi

By: RTV/CBS
By: RTV/CBS

The medals for the 2014 Winter Olympics were presented to the media at a news conference on Wednesday (February 5).

The medals have arrived in Sochi ahead of the start of the games on Friday (February 7) and were presented by Olympic gold medalist Svetlana Zurova and figure skating champion Alexei Yagudin.

Andrei Sidorenko, the CEO of jewelry maker Adamas, who created and produced the medals, was also there to present the unique awards. All three medals - bronze, silver and gold - all feature the Sochi 2014 design which features a mosaic of national designs from the various cultures and traditions of the Russian Federation.

Zurova, who is a Mayor of the Olympic Villages during the tournament, says she is very proud of the quality and national customs displayed in the medals.

"I believe that today we have set a very high standard for medal production, when it comes to all different materials used in a very unusual way, and with national customs being used in the medals. I am glad that we did not forget about it," she said.

Yagudin, the 2002 Olympic figure skating champion, said that the diversity displayed in the medals' design reflected the Russian soul.

"Their design is really very Russian. It includes 28 traditions handcrafts such as Gzel, Uftug paintings, Vologda lace and Ivanov prints amongst others. So the medals reflect all the variations of the nature and the breadth of the Russian soul," he said.

The medals have been crafted to reflect Sochi's unique landscape, including its snowy mountain tops and the beaches along the Black Sea coast.

Each medal takes up to 18 hours to create and, because of the record number of sporting events at this year's winter Olympic games, over 1,300 medals have been manufactured.


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