Medals to be awarded at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Parlympics were unveiled with a nod to the Korean culture and traditions.
The competition's organizing committee said the Paralympics medals are based on the same design principles of the medals for the Winter Olympics, in that both have been inspired by the Korean culture and its alphabet, hangeul. Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean industrial designer who designed the Olympic medals, also produced the Paralympic medals.
The Paralympics will take place from March 9 to 18
The medals are 92.5 millimeters in measurement and 9.42 millimeters in width. They have the hangeul consonants of the words PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games engraved around the edge. Conventional examples, including mists, mountains, wind and wood, each symbolizing the idea of PyeongChang and its home territory of Gangwon, elegance the obverse. The Paralympic Games' image of three agitos are on the front side of the award, with the Paralympics' logo and the name of each game highlighted on the back.
The Paralympic medals' lanyard has an indistinguishable design from that for the Winter Olympics – both have snowflake designs weaved on "Gapsa," a sort of material utilized as a part of the traditional Korean dress of hanbok. Light greenish blue and light red were utilized as a part of consistency with the look of the quadrennial rivalry.
The curved pattern of the medal case was inspired by the Korean traditional beauty, the organizers said.
At the PyeongChang Paralympics, 133 sets of medals will be awarded across six sports and 80 events.
"The Paralympic Winter Games medals for PyeongChang 2018 are a symbol of equality, creativity, culture and passion," said Lee Hee-beom, the top organizer of the competition. "The work that has gone into the design and manufacturing of the medals has been world class, and we are all looking forward to the moment when the first medal will be awarded to the world's best Paralympic athletes next year."