I haven’t seen many of the Olympians showing off the back of their medals, so I went in search of more information. According to the Beijing Olympic site:
The medals are designed with inspiration from “bi”, China’s ancient jade piece inscribed with dragon pattern. The medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor.
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.
Apparently the lighter the jade color the better quality. I had no idea that white was the “highest grade!”
I am looking forward to Woman’s Gymnastics tonight and the rest of the swimming events! How about the bronze medalist, Benjamin Boukpeti , in Kayaking from Togo!