LOCOG Appoint Rio Tinto as Medal Metals Provider

April 13, 2011

An announcement has been made by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirming that Rio Tinto, ampoule an international mining group headquartered in London, have been named as the ‘Official Mining and Metals Provider’ to London 2012. 

Rio Tinto will provide all the gold, silver and copper to produce the 4,700 medals for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and becomes a domestic Tier 3 sponsor.

The metal will come from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper mine in Salt Lake City, USA, having previously provided medals metal for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002, and the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Rio Tinto also becomes London 2012’s 40th domestic sponsor and LOCOG Commercial director Chris Townsend said: “The medals are one of the great traditions and enduring images of any Olympic or Paralympic Games, so Rio Tinto will play a significant role in the successful delivery of London 2012.  

“We welcome them to the London 2012 family and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our medals will be both spectacular and sustainable.”

Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto chief executive added: “All of us at Rio Tinto are excited to have the special job once again of digging the ore that will become treasured medals for the world’s elite athlete. 

“We are right behind London 2012’s commitment to delivering sustainable Games, which aligns with Rio Tinto’s passionate commitment to sustainable development wherever we operate around the world.”