Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medal Design

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Medal Design Concept

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals reflects the concept that, to achieve glory, athletes have to strive for victory on a daily basis. The medals resemble rough stones that have been polished and now shine, with “light” and “brilliance” their overall themes. The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising 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 honoured. The brilliance of the medals signifies the warm glow of friendship symbolising people all over the world holding hands.

In order to come up with a range of designs to choose from, Tokyo 2020 held a competition open to professional designers and design students which attracted more than 400 entries.

International Olympic Committee regulations stipulate that the obverse medal design should include the following elements:

  • Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of the Panathinaikos Stadium
  • The official name of the respective Games, in this case Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020
  • The Olympic five rings symbol

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal design

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Gold Medal

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Silver Medal

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bronze Medal

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Medal Concept Video

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Medal Specifications

Diameter 85mm
Thickness Thinnest part: 7.7mm
Thickest part: 12.1mm
Weight Gold: about 556g
Silver: about 550g
Bronze: about 450g
Composition Gold: more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver
Silver: pure silver
Bronze: red brass (95% copper and 5% zinc)
Ribbons Attached to the top of medals
Side of Medal The name of the event will be engraved in English

Medal designer

Junichi Kawanishi

Representative, designer, SIGNSPLAN
Director, Japan Sign Design Association
Director, USD-O (Osaka Design Society)

Design of the Victory Medal Ribbon

The ribbon will employ the traditional Japanese design motifs found in ichimatsu moyo (harmonised chequered patterns) and kasane no irome (traditional kimono layering techniques) in a modern presentation. The ribbon is designed to be a reflection of Japan itself and of the way the country demonstrates “Unity in Diversity”. The design also promotes the Tokyo 2020 brand vision of “Innovation from Harmony”.

Silicone convex lines are applied on the surface of the ribbon so that anyone can recognise the type of medal (gold, silver or bronze) by simply touching it. Chemically recycled polyester fibres that produce less CO2 during their manufacturing process are used. These allow the ribbons to incorporate the Tokyo 2020 core graphic colours and to be extremely durable at the same time.

Medal Case Design

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each case pays tribute to the Olympians who have reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Japanese craftsmen will carefully create the cases with a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Like each individual Olympian who steps onto the field of play, each medal case is distinct and has its own wood fibre pattern subtly infused into the design.

Behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Medal