Kiitella Medals at Lake Placid World Cup

Colorado artist hand crafts medals for Lake Placid World Cup events

By ANDY FLYNN – Editor, Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID – When the men and women from around the world collect their 2018 Viessmann Luge World Cup medals Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track, they will be given pieces of art – all hand made by metal artist Lisa Issenberg, of Colorado. Issenberg operates her business, Kiitella (Finnish meaning: to thank, applaud or praise), in the San Juan mountains.

In addition to the medals for the luge World Cup in Lake Placid, she will be making medals for the bobsled and skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid on Feb. 15-16, the Freestyle World Cup (aerials and moguls) in Lake Placid and Wilmington on Jan. 18-19 and the U.S. National Championships Freestyle Aerials on Jan. 26.

Photo credit: Elise Ruocco


Issenberg in her metal shop, working on the luge medals


For the luge World Cup, Kiitella fabricated medallions with satin-polished thick steel plate, featuring cut-out silhouettes of each discipline. The event logo is metal-printed, framed and riveted.

“The medals symbolize the radical talent, bravery and boldness of the competitors,” Issenberg said. “Kiitella’s process includes a mix of both handcraft and industrial techniques. No two medals are the same.”

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