25 May 2012
Samung Electronics have an ambitious Olympic project to reunite the 21 Olympic gold medals awarded to the British team for Alpini
Samung Electronics have an ambitious Olympic project to reunite the 21 Olympic gold medals awarded to the British team for Alpinisme at the Games in 1924. Samsung wants to achieve this in time for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games in July and are urging descendants of the 1924 Olympic Alpinists to come forward if they are lucky enough to have inherited their ancestor’s medal.
Samsung is attempting to reunite all of the medals after nearly a century as part of a fitting tribute to the men who made the original Olympic Games Pledge. The 1924 Olympic Games Pledge was made 88 years ago by mountaineer Lt Col Strutt, the second in command of the British team for Alpinisme, to one day ensure that his gold medal made it to the summit of Everest. The British team had attempted to reach the summit of Everest in 1922, and although they didn’t quite make it (being a tantalising 600 metres short of conquering it), their achievement was recognised at the 1924 Olympic Games for a world record in high altitude mountaineering.
Today, 25 May, experienced mountaineer Kenton Cool, on Samsung’s behalf, has reached the summit of Everest with the medal won in 1924 by Arthur Wakefield, fulfilling the Samsung Olympic Games Pledge. ‘It is humbling to think that after all this time [the medal] will be returned to the very place that my grandfather and his companions had so bravely attempted to reach in 1922,’ enthused Arthur’s grandson, Charles Wakefield. ‘We’re really excited to see if all of the medals can be reunited.’
Discover more about the quest to reunite the medals and support Kenton in his challenge at www.samsung.com/uk/london2012.