ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Sochi organizers unveiled the medals for the 2014 Winter Olympics on Thursday -- and now hope to make sure most of them stay in Russia to make up for the miserable medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Organizers presented the medals featuring a "patchwork quilt" design representing the different regions of Russia, which will be hosting its first Winter Games next February in the Black Sea resort.
One of the first to get a close up look at the medals was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who inspected them during a visit to the SportAccord conference and a lunch meeting with International Olympic Committee officials.
A record 1,300 medals are being manufactured for the Olympics and Paralympics. The medals depict the sun's rays reflecting through a prism of snowy mountains and sandy beaches.
The medals are 0.4 inches thick and 4 inches in diameter. The Olympic gold medals weigh 16 ounces. A total of 6.6 pounds of gold was used to make the medals, which are gold-plated.
"We'll try to keep all these medals in Russia, especially the gold ones," Sochi organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said.