The medals of the Deaflympics were brought to Khanty-Mansiysk. The major sport competitions for deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes will start in Urga on March’28. 300 medals will be presented to the prize-winners of the Deaflympics.
The press-attaché of the Organizing Committee of the Games Alexander Parkhomenko was among the first who touched the medals. 30 of them will be sent to Magnitogorsk as some alpine skiing competitions will take place there. The design of the medals is authentic however some ideas were already seen on trophies of other recent winter sport competitions. For example, medals of the Deaflympics have holes in them like in Torino and Sochi and patchwork quilt pattern like in Vancouver and Sochi.
The diameter of medals is 80 mm, their width is 6 mm. Medals were made in Russia, however, the name of the manufacture is kept in secret. The exact number of medals produced is 304. 75 of them are made for ice-hockey players. 30 medals will be given to male cross-country skiers, the same number of medals was made for women winning in this discipline. 70 medals will be presented to VIP guests and leaders of national sport federations and the officials of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. Medals are made of zinc fusion without precious metals. However, they are of very big value for collectors.
Among of the treasures of the Games are forms that were used for casting medals of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics. According to the contract with the manufacturer, they shall also be sent to the Organizing Committee of the competitions in order to prevent distribution of false medals on black market.
Until the start of the Deaflympics medals will be stored in a special room under security surveillance. The official ceremonies of awarding prize-winners will take place every evening. During one week 31 medal events in 5 sport disciplines of the Deaflympics will be held.
Resource: TV and radio company “Ugra”