New, Bendy Winter Olympic Medals Look A Bit Sad

The Vancouver Winter Olympics are still a year away, but they’ve already given us so much. We love you, Vancouver Games, for your Olympics torch that looks like a doobie; your bitchin’, surfboard-riding logo; your nightmare fuel mascots (including lil’ Hitler!), your low-key protesters, and now this. Introducing the 2010 Winter Olympics medals, by Salvador Dali.

Winter Olympics medals

I may not know art, but I know what I like. And I don’t like this. But hey, I’m not likely to win one, so who cares? What’s important is if the athletes like them. Designs for the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ medals were unveiled on Thursday in a ceremony at Vancouver’s athletes village, and contrary to what you might think, they were not created by placing them on railroad tracks and then beating them with a hammer.

They were painstakingly designed, and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. Some other Winter Olympic medal fun facts, as pointed out by UNIWATCH BLOG:

  • Each individual medal will have a distinct abstract design etched into its surface, each taken from one of two larger composite designs that depict a whale and a raven. Don’t scoff; they could have went with Bob and Doug McKenzie.
  • The medals are “among the heaviest” in Olympic history. I think all achievements should be measured by weight.
  • They resemble warped records.

But Winter Olympics host nations have a history of playing fast and loose with their medal designs. Remember the medal from Turin, 2006, which was also compatible with most CD players?

Turin Winter Olympics medal

And here’s the participation medal they gave out at the 1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Winter Olympics. Gnarly:

If and when the Winter Olympics returns to the U.S., we need to return to the regualr, flat disc shape. If it was good enough for Hercules, it should be good enough for us.