Just two more sleeps (or one sleep and one night of partying, if that’s your jam) and we will officially have entered an Olympic year! Of course, the prize that every athlete will be dreaming of this year is an Olympic medal and Tokyo’s are certainly unique. Tokyo 2020 is the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to involve citizens in the medal making process and to manufacture the medals using recycled materials.
Between April 2017 and March 2019 the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project collected nearly 80,000 tons of used small electronic devices such as cellphones and crafted the metal extracted from them into the approximately 5,000 medals that will be distributed throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games with year. This video gives us an up-close look at how this was done.
Now let’s go eventing and win some of these!