The Awards for Those Other Olympics


In case you’ve been too focused on 2016, like the two of us have been, you probably haven’t been counting down the days to the next Olympics. You remember. Yeah, that one, the one in 2008. However, if you were counting, you might have noticed that we just crossed the 500-days-until mark and with it came an announcement out of Beijing where they’re unveiling the new medals for the big event. We’re not exactly sure how we’re going to pull this off, but after seeing them, all filled with precious medals and inlaid on the back with jade as they are, we’ve decided that we want one or two. So how’s ’bout it Alissa? Let’s cast aside all this LA versus Chicago nonsense and get ourselves to some shot put classes. Here’s some of a whole ton of info from China Daily:

The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On their obverse side, the medals adopt the standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — a drawing that represents the winged goddess of victory Nike and Panathinaikos Arena, while on their reverse side, the medals are inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece.