Olympic Athletes Competed for E-Waste Medals

2010 Vancouver Olympic MedalsTop international athletes dedicate their entire lives to winning an Olympic medal. An Olympic medal is probably the most esteemed and recognized medal in all of sports. But did you know, the medals that were handed out at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver came from repurposed e-waste? It was the first time in history that an Olympic medal was comprised of gold, silver, and copper from electronic components that were headed to a landfill. E-Waste (electronics waste) was responsible for providing all of the precious metals that were used to produce over 1,000 Olympic medals.

The designs were created by Corrine Hunt from Canada. Each design was done in an abstract art style. The Olympic medals contained an orca whale and the Paralympic medals included a raven.

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