For the YOG in Lillehammer, the IOC once again launched an online contest to choose the design for the reverse of the medals. More than 300 people of all ages and from 65 countries took part in the competition. The jury included IOC Members Claudia Bokel and Angela Ruggiero as well as Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters from various editions of the YOG.
Twenty-year-old Romanian Burzo Ciprian was chosen as the winner of the competition in June 2015 with his project entitled “To the Top”. The engravings behind the Olympic rings evoke both the Scandinavian mountains and a podium. Those at the very top, originally designed in glass by Ciprian, represent ice and the winter. The inscription “2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games” is framed by two straight lines, which look as if they have been dug out by snow and ice equipment such as skis, skates and luges. Among the jury’s comments, they found the creation to be “really unique and contemporary”, as well as “astute and modern, without being too complicated” ( “Medal design competition…We have a winner!”, news, website of the International Olympic Committee, 30 June 2015.).
The obverse of the medal includes the Games emblem and stylised mountains, which are the key elements of the Lillehammer 2016 visual identity. This was created by four young Norwegian design students. The Lillehammer 2016 slogan “Go beyond. Create tomorrow” is also present on this side of the medal.