Tuesday, December 7, 2010  
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Representatives of Teck Coal Ltd. will be bringing a set of non-awarded Olympic medals to schools in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass this week, offering kids a chance to view and even handle the highest honour a professional athlete can achieve.
They will be shown at Elkford Secondary School and Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Sparwood on Tuesday, December 7, before making their way to the Crowsnest Pass on Thursday, December 9.
The medals will be shown from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School, followed by Isabelle Sellon School from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and then again from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., before ending the day at Crowsnest Consolidated High School from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., and moving on to Fernie schools the next day.
The medals will be protected, escorted and presented by a security company, which will break the respective school populations into smaller groups for 20-minute sessions, in hopes that each student will be able to view and handle the medals individually.
“We are looking forward to seeing the medals,” said Horace Allen Principal Elaine Garner.
 
Teck has been touring Canada and allowing schools, nursing homes, and hospitals all over the country to see the medals for the past eight months following the cessation of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The company provided the metal used to cast the 2010 Olympic medals, and subsequently was given one of the only three sets of non-awarded medals.
One set is on display at the Olympic museum in Zurich, with the other at the Royal Canadian Mint Museum in Ottawa.
Each of the medals, crafted in a rustic and natural design, is adorned with a different crop of a larger contemporary Aboriginal artwork, and features an undulated shape.
Both design aspects marked a first in the history of Olympic medals.
The wavy design is said to be inspired by the ocean waves, drifting snow and mountainous terrain familiar to the western region of the country.
The medals were designed by Canadian artist Corrine Hunt, of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage, who lives in Vancouver, and chose the orca as the motif for the Olympic medals, and the raven for that of the Paralympic ones.
It took two years for Hunt, industrial designer Omer Arbel, Teck, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee to complete this unique project.
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