The 5,084 medals awarded to athletes at this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris will include an original piece shaped like a hexagon taken from the Eiffel Tower, the organizers announced on Thursday as they unveiled the design, which was created by Chaumet.
An original piece from the Eiffel Tower will be included in the medals awarded to athletes this year at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. There will be a hexagonal piece of iron taken from the French capital's most emblematic monument representing the image of the city. It will be an original piece that will be placed in the center.
This was announced by the organizers when they presented their design on Thursday. The 5,084 Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will feature a six-sided metal medallion set like a precious stone. The medallion was designed by the elite French jeweler Chaumet. "We wanted to offer a piece of the 1889 Eiffel Tower to all the medal winners of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games," said the head of the local organizing committee, Tony Estanguet, in statements collected by AFP.
They "combine our most precious metals - gold, silver and bronze - with our country's most precious metal, from this treasure that is Eiffel Tower".
The design by Chaumet, whose creations have adorned the aristocracy and the elite since 1780, is also characterized by a circular arrangement of ridges designed to catch the light and evoke the rays of the sun. The iron hexagon, a shape reminiscent of the outline of mainland France, is held in place by six spurs at each corner. These are designed to resemble the rivets used on the Eiffel Tower. A spectacular design.