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London 2012 Olympic Medals Unveiled (and Tom Daley Tests that Diving Board!)

Did you get wrapped up in the 1-year-to-go excitement last night? We did!

If you were elsewhere, here’s a little round-up of yesterday’s London 2012 Olympics news.

The designs for the London 2012 medals were revealed. Designed by British artists David Watkins, the medals show Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory stepping out of the Parthenon, the same as all summer games medals. On the back, there’s that 2012 logo, with the outline of the River Thames running through it, and a grid radiating out from the centre “representing the athletes’ achievements and effort,” according to the designer. The ribbons are royal purple: a nod to the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

They’re the biggest-ever summer Olympic medals (85mm in diameter), and rather heavy too, weighing 375-400 grams.

The medals are each made of:

  • Gold medal: 92.5% silver, 1.34% gold and the rest copper (a minimum of 6g of gold)
  • Silver medal: 92.5% silver and the rest copper
  • Bronze medal: 97.0% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin

The other big news from last night was the newly completed Aquatics Centre. To mark the completion of the final permanent venue for the London 2012 Olympics, Tom Daley, team GB’s big diving medal hope, tested the waters. Here’s a video of that jump, below:

Did you enjoy the One-Year-To-Go celebrations? Let us know in the comments below.