— Published 5 April 2023

A Brazilian first medalist

The verdict is in on the international competition launched earlier this year to design the medals for the 2024 Winter Youth Games in Gangwon, South Korea. The winning design, called “A Sparkling Future” (pictured above), was imagined by a 27-year-old Brazilian artist, Dante Akira Uwai. More than 3,000 proposals were sent in during the six weeks of the competition. The jury chose a very geometric design, where vertical lines symbolize growth, the diversity of the YOG participants being represented by “cuts and changes in texture”. Colombian artist Luisa Valencia Gomez, also 27, won second prize, with third place going to Mexican graphic designer Carlos Alejandro Castañeda Arenas, 32. The international competition for the medals of the Gangwon Winter YOG was a historic success, with more than 3,000 projects from 120 countries, a result ten times greater than the competition launched for the YOG in Lausanne in 2020. The most represented countries, in terms of number of applicants, were Mexico, India, the United States, South Korea and Brazil. The Gangwon Winter YOG is scheduled to be held from January 19 to February 1, 2024.