2020 Tokyo Olympic Medals Revealed

Photo Courtesy: Tokyo 2020

The medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been revealed.

The medals, created in part with metals from six millions recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Wednesday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony. More than 78,000 tons of used cell phones and other devices were collected to help yield more than 12,000 pounds of gold, silver and bronze, according to NBC Sports.

Each medal weighs between one pound (bronze) and 1.2 pounds (gold), to be distributed at the largest Games ever with records of 33 sports and 339 events. The medal design was chosen from an open competition that attracted more than 400 entries.

“The medals resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine, with “light” and “brilliance” their overall themes,” a release by the Tokyo 2020 page states. “The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolizing the energy of the athletes and those who support them; their design is intended to symbolise diversity and represent a world where people who compete in sports and work hard are honored. The brilliance of the medals’ reflections signifies the warm glow of friendship depicted by people all over the world holding hands.

The medal was chosen from over 400 entries to a competition for design students and professional designers. The winner was Junichi Kawanishi and he described the selection as a “great honor.”
“I never dreamed that the design I submitted, only as a memorial to this lifetime event, would be actually selected,” he said in a press release. “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolizing friendship.”
Check out more 2020 Olympic coverage here.


    • Mai Nakamura

      Nicki Renee Lucas !!!!
      Do you like it????

    • Nicki Renee Lucas

      Mai Nakamura yes I do!! My husband use to live in Japan 🇯🇵 for 4 years. He wants to take me there. It would be cool if we can come next summer.

    • Mai Nakamura

      Are you going to come to Japan next year???
      Summer in Japan is hot and humid!!!!!!

      Please come to Japan!!!!!

    • Dee Carr

      Lisa Burton Byrnes me too!

    • Sharon Stafford

      Lisa Burton Byrnes I was just thinking that too so it must be true

  1. Alex Mason

    Look a little basic, but when you read they’ve been made from all the metals recycled from old computers and stuff (lots of gold and copper to reclaim) then it makes them a bit more interesting.