In the true international spirit of the Youth Olympic Games, jury members for the Nanjing 2014 Medal Design Competition were brought together from all corners of the world to select the winner and runners-up yesterday.
Over 300 people entered the competition from over 50 countries and the standard was absolutely YOG-tastic, making it difficult for the panel to choose the design that would become the medal awarded at the second Youth Olympic Games, to be held in China next August.
The youngest panel member, Aurélie Chaboudez, who won gold in the 400m hurdles at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, travelled from France to the home of the International Olympic Committee, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to be part of the jury process, where the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, and the Chair of the IOC’s Athletes Commission and Olympic fencing silver medallist, Claudia Bokel, also gathered to deliberate.
On the other side of the world, China’s first Winter Olympic champion, Yang Yang, joined the discussion via conference call from Shanghai, while the renowned designer of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, dialled in from his studio in London and Youth Olympic Games Ambassador and Olympic pole vaulting gold medallist Yelena Isinbaeva called from Moscow.
Speaking about the jury process, Aurélie, 19, said: “As somebody who knows how incredible it feels to have a Youth Olympic Games medal around your neck, it was fantastic to give something back to the YOG by being involved in this competition. It has been amazing to see how strong the YOG spirit is with people from all over the world and the standard of entries was over and above my expectations. I’m sure the athletes at Nanjing 2014 will be honoured to receive the medal we have selected here today.”
Watch this space for the announcement of the winner and the two runners-up. If you have entered, good luck and don’t forget to go and check out the full gallery here: www.medaldesigncompeition.com