Custom designer Philip Press was inspired by the Olympic medal debacle in which Canadian figure skaters David Pelletier and Jamie Salé lost the top spot—and the gold medal—to the Russian team. The Hollywood-based jeweler immediately began designing two platinum medallions to commemorate their performance and sportsmanlike conduct.
The medals—measuring 1¼ inches in diameter—feature a pair of figure skaters with a flame motif on either side. The inscription reads, “A Platinum Performance, 2-11-2002.”
Though the brainchild of Press, the medals were foreshadowed by the skaters themselves, who had been quoted as saying that they thought of their silver medals as platinum instead. The designer agrees.
“I’m glad I had the opportunity to make Jamie and David the medallions they truly deserved,” he said.