Paris 2024 Olympic medal design features pieces of Eiffel Tower

The Olympic medals at the Paris 2024 Games will include pieces of the Eiffel Tower.

The historic touch was announced by organizers on Thursday. And the Eiffel Tower pieces are not tiny or hidden — they form the centerpieces of the medals.

Because the Eiffel Tower has been refurbished and restored several times over the years, original iron pieces of the structure have been removed and stored by the Eiffel Tower Operating Co. Paris 2024 organizers kept that in mind when designing the medals.

“The concept came after a few discussions. We realized that there’s one symbol known across the world, which is the Eiffel Tower,” head designer Joachim Roncin said. “We said to ourselves, ‘Hey, what if we approached the Eiffel Tower Operating Co. to see if it’s possible to get a bit of the Eiffel Tower to integrate into the medal?’”

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 08: Koumba Larroque attends the unveiling of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals At Paris 2024 Headquarters on February 08, 2024 in Paris, France. Paris will host the Summer Olympics from July 26 till August 11, 2024. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Koumba Larroque attends the unveiling of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals on Thursday.

The result is a hexagonal centerpiece on the front of the medals. The original Eiffel Tower iron pieces, each weighing about 18 grams, were polished to remove their “Eiffel Tower brown” paint and set in the medal with six small clasps.

Disks of gold, silver and bronze surround the central Eiffel Tower hexagon. The reverse side shows Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. All Olympic medals have displayed Nike on one side since 1928. This year’s medals also depict the Parthenon and the Eiffel Tower on the back.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 08: Paralympic medals are displayed during the unveiling of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals At Paris 2024 Headquarters on February 08, 2024 in Paris, France. Paris will host the Summer Olympics from July 26 till August 11, 2024. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Paralympic medals are displayed Wednesday at Paris 2024 headquarters.

“Having a gold medal is already something incredible. But we wanted to add this French touch and we thought that the Eiffel Tower would be this cherry on the top,” Roncin said. “Having a piece of it is a piece of history.”

All medals for the 2024 Paralympics, which follow about two weeks after the Olympics conclude, will also have a piece of the Eiffel Tower in them.

The reverse side of the Paralympic medals shows the Eiffel Tower as if someone was looking up at the structure from underneath. Additionally, the words “Paris 2024” are written in Braille, which was invented by Frenchman Louis Braille.

The Paris 2024 Paralympic bronze medal is presented to the press, in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. A hexagonal, polished piece of iron taken from the Eiffel Tower is being embedded in each gold, silver and bronze medal that will be hung around athletes' necks at the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games and Paralympics that follow. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The Paris 2024 Paralympic bronze medal is presented to the press, in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Paris Olympics will begin on July 26 and end on Aug. 11. The Paralympics will begin on Aug. 28 and end on Sept. 8.

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