Hundreds of you around the world got your creative caps on for our Medal Design Competition, and we were absolutely blown away by the skill, the effort and the sheer imagination shown by you all!
In our eyes you are all winners, but as you know, there could be only one budding designer who would get the opportunity to see their concept turned into the medal awarded to the young athletes at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games next year. And that craftsman is… 23-year-old Matej Čička from Slovakia.
Matej’s winning design, entitled “Track of Winners”, was chosen from a pool of over 300 entries from 50 plus countries by a top IOC judging panel who described it as “modern, fresh and dynamic” when they were brought together from across the globe to deliberate the decision earlier this month.
A clearly ecstatic Matej said of his win: It was our school task to join this competition and design a medal. So I drew a lot of sketches and spoke with a teacher to choose the best one. I was inspired by the athletes’ track which, to me, means the base of the Youth Olympic Games. So I put it into my concept and used different shapes to represent the winning athletes and the podium. And finally I called it The Track of Winners.”
The judging panel comprised world-renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind the iconic Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 Olympic Games; Youth Olympic Games 400m hurdles champion Aurélie Chaboudez (FRA); Olympic short-track speed skating gold medallist Yang Yang (CHN); Youth Olympic Games Ambassador and Olympic pole vaulting champion Yelena Isinbaeva (RUS); Olympic fencer and IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Claudia Bokel (GER); and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli.
The panel also selected two runner-up medals, who were placed in second and third place behind the winner. They were ‘A Hug From Lele!’ by Hugo Fernández, 29, from Spain; and ‘Stripes of Victory’ by Csaba Szitas, 28, from Slovakia.
Of his role as a jury member, Thomas said: “It's been thrilling to have the chance to look through so many exciting ideas from all over the world and to feel how much the Youth Olympic Games mean to young people.”
And if you did not make the top three this time round, fear not. We will be giving you plenty of exciting opportunities to get involved in the YOG spirit as we countdown to the second Youth Olympic Games over the coming months! And don’t forget to stay tuned by following us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube!