Medal Design Competition… we have a winner!

30 Jun 2015
IOC News

This year, from Argentina to Vietnam, entries for the most hotly contested Medal Design Competition to date have flooded in from 65 nations around the world.

The standard of this year’s competition has pushed creativity and imagination to the limits, but our panel of judges has finally picked the winning design.  And that title goes to 20-year-old Burzo Ciprian from Romania with his medal, “To the TOP”.

Burzo’s winning design was chosen from over 300 entries by a panel of judges comprising Olympians, Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters. 

Judge Sonali Prasad, a Young Reporter from India, commented on Burzo’s design: “Burzo's design was very unique and contemporary, keeping in mind the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games. We were looking for something different, something that represents all the elements of the Games; something that the young champions would be able to take back home not only as a sign of their victories, but also as a token that would symbolise the memories of their time at Lillehammer 2016. It gives me happiness to see a young 20-year-old capture all that and much more in his winning design”

Judge Luke Dufficy, an Australian Young Reporter, commented: “It's slick and modern, but not too complicated.” He continued: “I think the Medal Design Competition has been great. The number of responses shows how the Youth Olympics have grown and how many talented, passionate designers are out there.”

Judge Jessica Fox, an Australian Young Ambassador, has seen a few medals in her career to date, including a Youth Olympic gold at Singapore 2010 and Olympic silver from London 2012 in canoeing; she liked Burzo’s design so much she said: “I would love to win one!”

Medal Design winner Burzo Ciprian said: “For me was one of the best feelings I've ever had after I was announced as the winner. It's a nice moment because I know that my design will remain in the history of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. I feel proud for what I have done.”

The judges also selected two runner-up medals. In second place was“Four Elements” by Dora Korponay, 45, from Romania, and in third place “And still I rise” by 22-year-old Nikhil Bapna from India.

It was a tough decision for the winning medal but Burzo’s design shone through, as judge Mothusi Ramaabya explained: “[This design] broke new ground.  It has an ability to stand out on its own when placed next to other medals and I felt that it captured Lillehammer 2016 uniquely and creatively.”

Thank you for all the fantastic contributions to the Medal Design Competition for Lillehammer 2016.  Stay tuned to the Youth Olympic Games over the coming months for lots more exciting opportunities to get involved in the YOG! 

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