A different take from this medal collector …
Vancouver’s unusual Olympic medals carry on a recent trend of designs that reflect the character of the host country.
“This medal is going to stand out as one of the most impressive ones,” said Jim Greensfelder, a collector who wrote a reference guide to Olympic medals.
Mr. Greensfelder, who lives in Venice, Fla., predicted that some people won’t like the Vancouver medals because of their undulating design. “But I think their uniqueness, in fact, will be a big positive as people receive them,” he said, noting that athletes commonly compete in multiple Games and enjoy winning distinctive medals.