On the obverse, the Olympic rings marked in relief accompanied by Aboriginal designs taken from the orca work produced by laser and given the impression of additional texture. On the reverse, the official name of the Games in English and French, the two official languages of Canada and the Olympic Movement. Also present are the 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem and the name of the sport and event concerned.
The undulating shape of the medals was devised by Omer Arbel, a Canadian industrial designer and architect originally from Vancouver. This distinctive look requires the medal to be struck nine times as part of the 30-step fabrication process. The inspiration for these medals came from a large artwork by Corrine Hunt, a Vancouver-based artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage. Each of the medals has a hand-cropped section of the artwork, thus making each medal one of a kind.
Designer: Omer Arbel; Corinne Hunt
Composition: 1st Place (Silver; Gold), 2nd Place (Silver), 3rd Place (Bronze)
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint