Ever since the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924, medal designs have varied greatly depending on where the Games have been hosted. Here’s a close-up look at all 23 Winter Olympic medals, counting down from PyeongChang 2018 to Chamonix 1924.
Silver, gold, and bronze medalists for the Women’s Alpine Giant Slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
(L-R: Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, silver; USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin, gold; Italy’s Federica Brignone, bronze/photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)
The medals for the 2018 Winter Olympics were inspired by Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. Viewed from the side, Korean consonants spell ‘
Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.’ The gold medal weighs 586 grams (1.29 pounds)–believed to be the heaviest in Olympic history. (Photo via Facebook/swna)
The 2014 Olympic medal design was inspired by the mountains and beaches of Sochi, Russia.
(IOC photo; France’s Marie Martinod, USA’s Maddie Bowman, Japan’s Ayana Onozuka with their medals/photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
The Vancouver 2010 medals were inspired by the snow, seas, and landscape of British Columbia. The wavy shape is a first, and
each medal is unique. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
The Turin 2006 medal design is round like the Olympic rings and the hole in the center represents the Italian piazza.
(US silver and gold medalists for Women’s Halfpipe, Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter/photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
The Salt Lake 2002 medals vary depending on the sports, a first in Olympic history. An athlete’s event is depicted on the back of the medal.
(Photos by Matthew Stockman/Allsport, AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, IOC)
The medals from the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan, feature decorative lacquer elements.
(AP Photo/Kyodo News)
The medals for Lillehammer 1994 used granite as the basic material.
(IOC photo; US gold medalist for Men’s Downhill, Tommy Moe at the 1994 Olympics/photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
Medals for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, were made with Lalique glass, set in gold, silver, and bronze, and completely hand-made.
(IOC photo; US gold medalist for Women’s Figure Skating, Kristi Yamaguchi/photo by Junji Kurokawa/AFP/Getty Images)
The Calgary 1988 medal features the profiles of an athlete with an olive wreath and an Indian with a headdress.
(IOC photo; Medalists for Men’s Figure Skating, Canadian Brian Orser, American Brian Boitano, and Ukrainian Viktor Petrenko/photo by Daniel Janin/AFP/Getty Images)
The medals for the XIV Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo feature a snowflake graphic and an athlete with a laurel wreath.
(IOC photo; Two-time gold medalist for Men’s Speed Skating, Canadian Gaetan Boucher/photo by AFP/Getty Images)
A gold medal from the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, United States. It was given to Eric Heiden for winning the 10,000m Men’s Speed Skating event.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg; USA’s Eric Heiden with his record five gold medals/photo by Bettmann/Getty Images)
A close-up of a gold medal from the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. It was given to Dorothy Hamill for winning the Individual Women’s Figure Skating event.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg; USA’s Dorothy Hamill/photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)
The lines on the front of the 1972 medal represent snow and ice. The XI Olympic Winter Games were held in Sapporo, Japan.
(IOC photo; Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk in February 1972 in Sapporo/photo by AFP/Getty Images)
The medals for the 1968 X Olympic Winter Games were the first-ever Olympic medals made for each sport discipline.
(IOC photo; French gold medalist Jean-Claude Killy, with Austrians Herbert Huber and Alfred Matt in Grenoble, France./Photo by IOC Olympic Museum/Allsport)
The 1964 medal design for the IX Winter Olympic Games features an Alpine scene. The 1964 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria.
(Women’s Giant Slalom winners, (L-R) France’s Christine Goitschell (gold), USA’s Jean Saubert (bronze), France’s Marielle Goitschell (silver)/Getty Images; IOC photo)
The 1960 Olympic medal depicts a man and woman,
symbolizing the youth of America and the world. The Games were held in Squaw Valley, United States. (IOC photo; 1960 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Squaw Valley/photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
The 1956 medal depicts the Olympic flame behind a woman’s head with a crown of five Olympic rings. The VII Olympic Winter Games were held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
(IOC photo; Winners of Men’s Slalom, (L-R) Sweden’s Stig Sollander (bronze), Austria’s Tony Sailer (gold); and Japan’s Chiharu Chick Igaya (silver)/AP Photo)
A gold medal from the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Sweden. It was given to Dick Button for winning the men’s singles figure skating event.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg; Winners of the men’s figure skating event–Helmut Seibt Austria, silver; Dick Button USA, gold; James Grogan USA, bronze/photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images)
After a 12-year absence, the 1948 Games were the first held after World War II and were called the “Games of Renewal.” The medal features snow crystals, the Olympic Rings, and a hand holding a lit torch.
(IOC photo; United States gold medalists for the Four-Man Bobsled in St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1948/photo by Getty Images)
The medals for the 1936 Winter Olympics feature a Goddess of Victory in an ancient chariot. The Games were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, three years before the start of World War II.
(IOC photo: United States gold medalists for the Two-Man Bobsled, February 1936/photo by STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
The Lake Placid 1932 Olympic gold medal. It was given to American speed skater Jack Shea for winning the 1,500m event in Men’s Speed Skating.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg; Jack Shea, American speed skater and Olympic gold medalist in Lake Placid, United States, 1932/photo by Getty Images)
The medals for the 1928 Olympic Winter Games featured a skater with her arms wide open, snowflakes, and the Olympic Rings.
(IOC photo; Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie shows off her gold medal at the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland/Getty Images)
The 1924 Winter Olympics were the first Winter Games ever held. The medals featured a winter sports athlete holding a pair of skates and skis in his hands.
(IOC photos; Curling in Chamonix 1924, the team of Great Britain in Chamonix, France.)