Winning an Olympic medal is something athletes work towards their entire lives. It is an accomplishment that has so much meaning to the people who do it, it’s hard to put into words. Winning something for your country has to be one of the most proud moments in these people’s lives. I know it would be for me. So when you win something as iconic and celebrated as an Olympic medal, you expect it to be of the highest quality that can be found. Well now you can see for yourself the care and attention to detail that the designers of the medals put into them. This is quite incredible.
The National Mint of Brazil are the ones responsible for making the medals for 2016. It’s quite a tedious process that has been going on for months.
A design is first rendered on a computer program to see what the medals will look like.
The designs are then hand carved into pieces of clay.
The detail is incredible, and truly a beautiful work of art.
This worker prepares plates of metal that will be used to make the actual medals.
He then feeds them through a piece of machinery called a rolling mill.
Molten metal is then poured into a mold.
This is what the mold looks like after it is poured.
A CNC machine carves out the fine details of the medal.
The medals are then cleaned off and polished.
The medals are then varnished.
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