Olympic Games 2000 Sydney

27th Olympiad


Sports: 34

Events: 300

National Teams: 200

Participants: 10,647

Winner Medals

olympic games winner medal 2000 Sydney

winner medal ribbon olympic games 2000 Sydney

Part of the ribbon

1st Place: Gold Medal Material: Gilt Silver
Weight 188 gr
2nd Place: Silver Medal Material: Silver
Weight 185 gr
3rd Place: Bronze Medal Material: Bronze
Weight 170 gr
Diameter: 68 mm Design by: Wojciech Pietrani and
Brian Thompson
    Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Thickness: 5 mm Ribbon: Blue
Obverse: Victory seated above stadium.
Reverse: Olympic rings over Sydney opera house and Sydney torch.
Numbers of Medals: Gold:     750                    Silver:   750                        Bronze:   780

  The Victory Medals 2000

The Medal Ceremonies Sub-Program promoted a competition to select a design for the Olympic victory medals. In July 1998, invitations were sent to 18 prominent artists, sculptors, jewellery designers and design students but entry was open to all. Four months later, contestants submitted their designs on paper together with actual size replicas that were judged by a panel of six experts. The unanimous choice was the design of Polish-born sculptor Woijciech Pietranik, whose portfolio included coins designed für the Royal Australian Mint.

The medals were 68 mm in diameter, 3 mm thick at the rim and 5 mm thick at the highest point of the relief. The  obverse of the Sydney Olympic medals featured the requisite subject of Nike the Goddess of victory, holding a wreath overhead with two palm fronds wrapped in her left hand. She was seated beside a Grecian urn and below her were sprigs of wattle, the Austrailian national flower. Beside Nike were the traditional Cassioli stadium representation, and a chariot pulled by four horses. The reverse depicted the Sydney Opera House and Sydne`s futuristic Olympic Torch. The five raised Olympic rings punctuated the centre, and the name of the event was engraved on the outer rim. Winning athletes were able to have their name engraved on the obverse side, where space had been allowed for that purpose.
 The 750 gold medals were 99.99 per cent pure solid silver with 5 gm gold plating, the 750 silver medals were 99.99 per cent pure solid silver, and the 780 bronze medals were 99 per cent bronze with one per cent silver.

The medals were struck at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra and the Perth Mint. 
All Sydney 2000 medals were hung on blue ribbons made by the Woolmark Corporation and bore the legend "Sydney 2000" in silver embroidered lettering, as well as the SOCOG fluid energy look.  

winner medal olympic games 2000 sydney

(Source document: 
Official Report 2000,  page 150)

The fine art of victory

The design of the Sydney 2000  Olympic victory medal

From olive wreaths to golden leaves – the history of the victory medal
Cassioli's legacy – the new design standard
An invitation to compete – SOCOG design brief
Maquette to mint – the selection process
The metals of medals – the manufacturing
The winning designer – Wojtek Pietranik
Design development – going for gold
The finishing touches... or two – alterations to the winning design
Colosseum or Acropolis? – the controversial motif
The XXVII Olympiad – the final
read more:    The fine art of victory © Powerhouse Museum

Thank you to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney



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