Vancouver 2010 Medals Use Metal From Reclaimed Circuit Boards

Corrine Hunt, a Canadian designer and artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage, and Omer Arbel, a Canadian industrial designer and architect, designed the Olympic Medals for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Hunt created large master artworks of an orca whale (Olympic) and raven (Paralympic). The front of each medal contains a portion of that master art, so no two medals are the same, but all are part of the larger artwork. Arbel designed a three-dimensional shape for the medals that represents the mountain landscape, snow, and ocean waves surrounding Vancouver.

These medals are different from previous olympic gold, silver, and bronze because they contain metal reclaimed from end-of-life consumer electronics. Teck Resources, a Canadian mining company, supplied the metal from recycled electronics:

Teck’s process involves recovering metals contained in cathode ray tube glass, computer parts and circuit boards through smelting. The process involves shredding, separating, and heating of the various electronic components to recover a variety of metals. The gold, silver and copper used in the medals was recovered from end-of-life electronics circuit boards collected and processed at Trail and the Umicore facilities in Belgium which was then combined with the metal from other sources for the medal production.

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