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The jade inlays are a nice touch.

Classic and classy. Very nicely done.

Oh, that's jade? I thought it was silly putty.

No, no. You're getting confused with the silly putty™ inlays from the failed and oft-forgotten 1973 Summer Olympics held in Peoria.

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The jade inlays are a nice touch.

Classic and classy. Very nicely done.

Oh, that's jade? I thought it was silly putty.

No, no. You're getting confused with the silly putty inlays from the failed and oft-forgotten 1973 Summer Olympics held in Peoria.

Screw that -- I thought it was key lime, vanilla creme, and boysenberry jam!

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The jade inlays are a nice touch.

Classic and classy. Very nicely done.

That's my exact same reaction.

I got so sick of the athelete's looking though the holes in the recent ones. That was a cliche after the first day.

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At least Beijing's is mostly the medal itself. You got those in Albertville.

Credit: IOC / Olympic Museum Collections

Created for the first time in glass, set with gold, silver and bronze, the medals were entirely hand-made. Detailed and precise work required several different stages of production. The production of a medal required the contribution of 35 people, and took several hundred hours for Lalique?s to create the 330 medals.

On the obverse, the five Olympic rings can be seen in the foreground, with a valley in the background, in gradation, thus giving the impression of perspective.

On the upper part of the metal is an intagliated stylised laurel branch featuring the words: "XVI Olympic Winter Games" (in French and English).

On the reverse of the medal, decorative motif is intagliated in the colourless glass. The lines symbolise the mountains.

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