As for the previous Summer YOG, a competition to design the obverse of the medals was held using the Internet. Over 300 designs were entered from more than 50 countries. In December 2013, a jury selected the winner. The jury was made up of athletes, a designer, IOC member Claudia Bokel, and the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli.
The winning design, entitled “Track of Winners”, was “modern, fresh and dynamic” ( “IOC announces winner of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Medal Design Competition”, news, website of the International Olympic Committee, 20 December 2013.). It was the work of Matej Cicka, 23, from Slovakia, who described his design as follows: “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.”
The reverse of the medal features a stylised representation of “the landscape of Nanjing’s historical city, combining the ancient city wall gate, traditional architecture of the region, the Qinhaui River and Nanjing’s famous plum blossoms” ( “Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games medal unveiled!”, news, website of the International Olympic Committee, 7 August 2014.).