On the obverse, some lines cast slightly in relief represent the soft, feathery snow, as well as the sharp, pointed ice—evocative of a typical Japanese scene of peace and serenity. The obverse was designed by Yagi Kazumi. On the reverse, the inscription: “XI OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES SAPPORO'72” (and in Japanese), and the official emblem of the Games. The reverse was designed by Ikko Tanaka. The medals were made at the Mint Bureau of the Finance Ministry—267 medals in total, 89 per category, including a number of spare ones.
Designer: Yagi Kazumi; Ikko Tanaka
Composition: 1st Place (Gilt silver), 2nd Place (Silver), 3rd Place (Bronze)
Mint: Mint Bureau of the Finance Ministry