Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics medals unveiled

Former Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova

Organisers of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics have unveiled the medals for next year's Games in Sochi.

The medals feature a 'patchwork quilt' design to represent the different regions of Russia, which will be hosting its first Winter Games.

A record number of 1,300 medals, each 1cm thick and 100mm in diameter, are being manufactured.

Champions will receive a gold-plated medal weighing 460g. A total of 3kg of gold will be used to make them.

The front of the Olympic medals features the Olympic rings. The reverse side has the name of the competition in English and the Sochi logo. The official name of the games in Russian, English and French is engraved on the rim.

The Paralympic medals were designed in the same style. One side features the Paralympic symbol, the reverse has the logo of the Games and the name of the competition in English. The medals also contain inscriptions in Braille for the visually impaired.

Sochi medals

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