Dick Johnson forwarded these thoughts on the 2008 Olympic medals. -EditorSports Illustrated shows Michael Phelps posed with all eight of his Olympic gold medals on the front cover of this week's issue. A world famous accomplishment - the first ever athlete to win eight such medallic accolades.
They are calling him the 'eighth wonder of the world.' Phelps is destined to earn $10 million just for posing with the eight Olympic gold medals for posters, trading cards and other media. You will see this image many times in the future. I have great admiration for his accomplishment and respect for the athlete's years of training and undoubted self sacrifice to accomplish this feat.
However, the fact he was one-hundredth of an inch ahead of the second swimmer to win his last event seems incongruous to me. How does that miniscule distance relate to $10 million? I will leave the answer to that question to others more knowledgeable about sports races than I.
What I feel is important is the design of the Chinese Olympic medals. They are exceptional, particularly by the including a jade ring on the reverse. And I commented on these when first we learned about their design. (See E-Sylum vol 10, no 35, art 18, Sept 2, 2007.)
To read the story about the Sports Illustrated cover, see: NOW PHELPS WILL REALLY STRIKE GOLD (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08192008/news/worldnews/
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 2008 OLYMPIC MEDALS TO HAVE JADE INSERTS (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v10n35a18.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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