January 17, 2006

Beijing 2008 Olympic medal design call for entries.: "The designs ... should highlight the themes of 'glory and dream' and 'faster, higher and stronger' ... The medals should be the material vehicles to disseminate the Olympic ideals and the concepts of the Beijing Games, to showcase China's arts, designs and scientific and technological development. They should become the unique legacy of the Beijing Games." You have until March 26 this year. Sharpen those pencils!

posted by worldcup2002 to other at 09:54 PM - 11 comments

I suppose designs featuring, say, free speech or Falun Gong won't be making the final cut.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:00 PM on January 17, 2006

I'm thinking of a man-with-shopping-bag-standing-in-front-of-tank motif. Political sarcasm aside, I spent most of last night with my leg on ice wondering what I'd do towards my Olympic campaign while it mends. I think you've found me an answer, WC. Now, who knows how to design stuff?

posted by JJ at 04:32 AM on January 18, 2006

I think the Great Wall of China should be on the medal somewhere. By the way worldcup, when is your next interview?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:04 AM on January 18, 2006

I think a really nice medal could be done with the Great Wall (cliche value) and the traditional Chinese stamp symbol that adorns virtually everything... However, as an American living in China, I can assure you that if you're not mainland Chinese, don't bother submitting a design. There's probably an industrial size trashbin behind Beijing's Olympic HQ for all "wai guo ren" (foreigner) entries.

posted by ryleeys at 12:34 PM on January 18, 2006

How about the Three Rivers Gorge that isn't there any more?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:36 PM on January 18, 2006

Of course, there are other ways of showcasing Chinese sports development.

posted by owlhouse at 12:46 AM on January 19, 2006

Ryleeys and geekyguy probably won't be able to access that link.

posted by owlhouse at 12:47 AM on January 19, 2006

Actually, I can access that link. I could also access Time Asia's 6 page excerpt from his biography that was just fascinating... outlining the life his parents went through during the Cultural Revolution.

posted by ryleeys at 08:14 AM on January 19, 2006

Good grief, how many SpoFites do we have in China right now? I'm thinking of maybe doing an interview with alla youse guys at the same time, inspired by NPR's Marketplace report that's being broadcast daily from different cities in China this week.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:22 PM on January 19, 2006

There he was paired off with the 1.88m Fang Fengdi, China's women's captain, who had been a feared Red Guard during the murderous Cultural Revolution. Now that was a team who knew how to play rough and no squad looked forward to their away games on RG's home turf!

posted by billsaysthis at 03:11 PM on January 19, 2006

Bill, both of Lauren Jackson's parents were international basketball representatives. But no-one has yet accused the Australian Institute of Sport of some kind of selective breeding program ;-).

posted by owlhouse at 03:30 PM on January 19, 2006

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