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First look: X Games Austin medals also functioning belt buckles

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Dave Doolittle

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 21, 2014

Athletes who make it onto the podium at next month’s X Games will be rewarded with a bright, shiny medal that they’ll be able to hang around their neck – or their waist.

Wait. … What?

To commemorate the X Game’s inaugural run in Austin, medals for the top-three finishers at each event will not only have a chain to hang on but they’ll also double as a belt buckle, complete with a metal loop and prong on the back.

The medals are roughly 3.5 by 4 inches and are cast in bronze then plated in gold, silver or bronze. Each contains raised images, the event logo and year.

“With this being the inaugural year for X Games Austin, we were hoping to capture a little Texas flavor in our awards medals by dropping in some iconic Texas symbols with our X logo as a backdrop,” said Brian Kerr, ESPN associate director of X Games Competition, who designed the medals. “The Lone Star above a longhorn skull on a rodeo-style belt buckle seemed a fitting tribute to this great city and state.”

The design of the medals has changed with each event during the history of the games.

For example, medals for the 2012 Los Angeles games resembled the Aztec calendar with a large X in the center. The medals for last year’s Munich games featured the city’s skyline and iconic Olympic Tower, while the Barcelona medals were shaped like Panot de Flor, a flower design commonly pressed into the Spanish city’s paving tiles.

More than 200 athletes are scheduled to compete in 16 events at this year’s Games, the 20th year they’ve been held but the first of a four-year run in Austin.

Tickets are still available for the Games, which are scheduled for June 5 through 8, mostly at Circuit of the Americas in Southeast Austin.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit xgamesaustin.com.