2020 Tokyo Olympics: Here’s What the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals Look Like

by Joe Rutland
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When an Outsider sees an American with a gold medal around their neck, they might wonder what the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals look like.

You are in luck as we will be showing what each gold, silver, and bronze medal looks like up close.

According to an article in USA Today, all of the medals from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics must have specific emblems on each one.

The International Olympic Committee states each medal must have the Olympic five rings symbol; Nike, the Greek goddess of victory; and the Games’ official name.

This year, that is the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Takes Special Care When It Comes to Making Each Medal

Each medal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is approximately 3.35 inches.

When looking at the medal, its thinnest part is 7.7 millimeters long and its thickest part is 12.1 millimeters long. Gold medals weigh about 556 grams, silver medals weigh about 550 grams, and bronze is about 450 grams.

The silver, gold, and bronze medals are displayed after the Tokyo 2020 medal design unveiling ceremony during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games “One Year To Go” ceremony at Tokyo International Forum on July 24, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Obviously, each medal for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has a specific pattern with it. The light represents athlete energy and “those who support them.”

How do medal winners have their names put on the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Names are on the side of the medal in English. In addition, the medals then are connected to a victory ribbon “designed to be a reflection of Japan itself and of the way the country demonstrates ‘Unity in Diversity.'”

The gold medal is displayed after the Tokyo 2020 medal design unveiling ceremony during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games “One Year To Go” ceremony at Tokyo International Forum on July 24, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Olympic Medals’ Design is By Director of Japan Sign Design Association

Junichi Kawanishi is the designer of the medals. He is the director of the Japan Sign Design Association and the Osaka Design Society. He won a competition over 400 other professional designers and design students.

Gold medals are not all made of gold. Firstly, the gold medals only have six grams of gold plating and the rest is pure silver. Secondly, the silver medal is pure silver. Finally, the bronze medal is red brass.

The silver, gold, and bronze medals are displayed after the Tokyo 2020 medal design unveiling ceremony during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games “One Year To Go” ceremony at Tokyo International Forum on July 24, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
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