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IOC reveals YOG medal design

Date : 09 Mar 2010

The International Olympic Committee has announced the winner of the Youth Olympic Games medal design competition as Setsuko Fukuzawa, from Montreal, Canada, with her design entitled "Yes, Youth Can".

Setsuko's design is a contemporary representation of the winged Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The "Y" design symbolises this and also the youthfulness of the Youth Olympic Games. The design includes the Olympic rings to empower athletes to participate and celebrate, and the flame detail reflects both the cheering wave of supporters and the spirit of an athlete.

Setsuko commented: "I wanted the design to be very clean and modern; for me this means simplicity to deliver a clear message. ‘Yes, Youth Can’ represents every young athlete in a victory stand, celebrating. Simple, but powerful."

Singapore 2010 Organising Committee Chairman Ng Ser Miang said: "Ms Setsuko Fukuzawa's ingenious design will harmonise well with the creative design that will be developed on the reverse of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games medals, as we will be taking inspiration from what is representative of Singapore as a young and vibrant nation, as well as the Singapore 2010 'Spirit of Youth' emblem.

“Our heartiest congratulations go to Ms Setsuko, and we look forward to welcoming her and the rest of the world to Singapore for a memorable Youth Olympic Games experience in August."

The IOC received entries from 34 countries.

From the public voting round, "Yes Youth Can" received 3,881 votes, which took the entry through to the shortlisted 10 finalists. The second round of judging was by an IOC jury, which selected Setsuko's design as the overall winner.

The 1st YOG will be held in Singapore from August 14-26, 2010.

The design can be seen on www.medaldesigncompetition.com

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