2012 Olympic Medals: 5 Quick Facts & 1 Special Medal

Our history of recognition dates back to the ancient greeks who awarded winners with wreaths of laurel. The tradition lives on today at the 2012 Olympics with both laurel and medals presented to the winners of Olympic events. Here are some interesting facts about the medals.

2012 Olympic Medals

1. Imagery

Nike, greek goddess of victory
River Thames as a symbol for London

According to the designer, David Watkins ” Its key symbols juxtapose, front and back, the goddess Nike for the spirit and tradition of the Games, and the River Thames for the city of London”

2. Designer

David Watkins. Watkins is a British artist who also did the special effects for film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

3. Selection Committee For Award Designs

Designs were submitted by over 100 artists. The selection committee included:
Sir John Sorrel (chair), Ade Adepitan (deputy chair), Sir Mark Jones, Catherine Johnson, Iwona Blazwick OBE, Niccy Hallifax and Martin Green. The LOCOG Athletes’ Committee, chaired by Jonathan Edwards, and the British Olympic Association (BOA) were also involved throughout the process.

4. Value of A Gold Medal & Specs:

Intrinsic Value: Priceless

Cost:  $700 (using current price of $1,590 per ounce)


The Gold Medal is not 100% gold, given the pricing above, the estimated 300 gold medals awarded would cost around $6 million dollars.

Gold Medal: 92.5% silver and 1.34% gold, with the remainder copper

Silver Medal: 92.5% silver, with the remainder copper

Bronze Medal: 97.0% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin

5. Award Ceremonies

There will be 302 Victory Ceremonies to present the medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

6. BONUS: The DeCoubertin Medal

The International Olympic Committee also awards a special medal called the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal, also known as the DeCoubertin Medal, to an athlete who demonstrates a spirit of sportsmanship. The Olympic Museum says “it is one of the noblest honours that can be bestowed upon an Olympic athlete.” The 1988 recipient of the award was Canadian sailor Lawrence Lemieux who abandoned his own sail race, when in second place, to aid two sailors who had capsized in the 470 class during the 1988 Games.

The Olympic awards celebrate the best of who we are and what we stand for. We hope the Olympics continue to inspire us at MeritShare to make recognition rock! For a sneak peak about how we are changing the face of recognition, check out our beta site.

Sources: Wikipedia, http://www.london2012.com, http://www.olympic.org/

MeritShare: Best Quotes About Recognition

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone
-G.B. Stern

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder
-G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude is the best attitude
-Author Unknown

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all
-William Faulkner

Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices
-Thomas Fuller

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention
-Oscar Wilde

Say Thank You

Follow-up Fail
I’m amazed at the number of job applicants I have interviewed that fail to follow-up with a thank you note or email.  Except for engineering and technical positions, I won’t hire any business, sales, or marketing applicant if they don’t send a note.  As a consequence, I’ve had to reject some candidates.  I view the note like a background check,  the applicant must first earn the position based on their skill sets, experiences, and fit — the thank you note is on the “due diligence” check-off list.

Don’t HIre Someone Who Doesn’t Send A Follow-up Note:
The reason I reject candidates who fail to send the note is not that I expect some sort of gratitude, but I believe it is a true behavioral test of the candidates ability to follow-up and execute.  If the candidate fails to deliver on something as easy and free (email) as a thank you note, how will they perform on the job with colleagues and customers?  A resume can contain a lot of information about a candidate, but their behavior during and after an interview provides insights into how they might perform on the job.  I would never hire a candidate on this criteria alone, it’s just a basic requirement all good employees should follow.

Thank You Note Tips
The follow-up or thank you note also gives you another opportunity to make another great impression.  Consider the following ideas to include in a thank you note:

  • If you stumbled during a critical part of the interview, use the follow-up or thank you note to better explain your position & demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Make sure the potential employer knows you have the experience to deliver on the critical job requirements.  Provide an additional example of your relevant experience you didn’t bring up in the interview, giving the employer another proof point.
  • Many times an employer will mention a key challenge or opportunity they are facing.  Research the topic and find a relevant article and send a link in the follow-up note.  This shows the potential employer you were listening & stay current on relevant industry insights and information.
  • Block off time right after your interviews to send the thank you notes out.  With mobile devices, you can really impress by sending the note shortly after the interview.  Many companies need employees that can move faster and sending a note out quickly demonstrates this trait.

The most important action is to send the note.  If you don’t have time to utilize the above tips, a simple thank you will suffice.  Just do it, just say thank you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this ; ).