If wrapping were an Olympic Sport

Everyone in my family just loves watching the Olympic Games, so with only days to go we are ramping up for our four yearly Olympic viewing and sporting trivia marathon  We are beginning with  a “Breakfast of Champions” on Saturday morning where we will whip ourselves into a frenzy trying to predict how the flame will be lit. Then it’s a seat on the couch for the next couple of weeks to watch the highs and lows only the Olympics can bring.

Obviously there are some sports that I like more than others – swimming, gymnastics, hockey, cycling, the high jumpers with their knee high socks and the track relays where a fumble can change everything in a millisecond. There are some sports I am not so fond of – I am not sure I warm to golf on the program, I don’t understand the rules and the purpose really of boxing and weightlifting makes my eyes bulge.

I also feel there are a few program omissions – sports that should be there but are not. If only gift wrapping were an Olympic sport. It could be a little controversial to judge as with any sport like diving, ice skating or gymnastics that involves judges and subjectivity. But that would be part of the fun and I am sure I could win the Eastern bloc judges over. All my competitive training in paper selection, cutting, folding, tying, taping, zjooshing and preening would be put to good use in the hope of bringing home a medal for Australia.

Any Olympic medal is precious and special and the medals for Rio are no exception. A total of 2,488 medals have been produced: 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze to a design that celebrates the relationship between the strengths of Olympic heroes and the forces of nature.

The 500g gold, silver and bronze medals reflect a commitment to sustainability. Rio2016.com tells us the Gold medals have been made from gold extracted without the use of mercury and produced to strict sustainability criteria, while the silver and bronze medals have been produced using 30 per cent recycled materials. The medals are slightly thicker in the centre  than the edge where the event for which the medal was won will be engraved. Geez whoever does the engraving will need to be careful!!

The medal designs features a wreath of laurel leaves  – a symbol of victory in ancient Greece – surrounding the Rio 2016 Olympic logo which represents the link between the force of nature and Olympians. in keeping with Olympic Games tradition, the other side of the medals feature an image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory with the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis in the background.

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The medals feature images of Nike, the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

As you know I love my ribbons, so I was fascinated to learn that half of the brightly coloured plastic in the ribbons used to hang the medals around athletes’ necks comes from recycled plastic bottles. The rounded cases that hold the medals were made from freijó wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

This Olympic medal is full of thought and symbolism – things that appeal to a gift wrapper. There’s some even more fabulous touches surrounding the Paralympic medals but you’ll have to wait until the Paralympics for my post on that. In the meantime I am warming up with a few Olympic wraps.

Today it is using cute glittery stickers in gold, silver and bronze to add some bling to a simple little white wrap. I use stickers quite a bit and these ones I found at The Paper Empire fit the bill. They can give a gift an instant lift and speedily put you ahead of the gift wrapping competition . A combination of technical merit and presentation.

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