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The Paris 2024 Games medals

To celebrate the return of the Games to France, each Games medal is embellished with an original piece of the Eiffel Tower. To create this meeting between the most prestigious object of the Games and the iconic monument of France and Paris, Paris 2024 worked on the design of the medal with Chaumet, a LVMH Group company which is a Premium Partner of the Paris 2024.

The Eiffel tower at the medals center

Winning a medal at the Games changes a career. Every athlete dreams of it, and for the medal at the Paris 2024 Games, they have been involved in this dream. The Paris 2024 Athletes’ Commission, chaired by Martin Fourcade, was involved in the search for an idea to symbolise the identity of the next Games. It was an obvious choice: to associate the iconic monument of France and Paris, the Eiffel Tower, with the most prestigious object of the Games, the medal.

Each Olympic and Paralympic medal is set with a piece of original iron from the Eiffel Tower. Built between 1887 and 1889, the “Dame de fer” has since undergone programmes of renovation. Certain metallic elements have been permanently removed and conserved in this process. For the Paris 2024 Games, the Eiffel Tower Operating Company is allowing these genuine pieces of Parisian and French history to find glory again.


The Paris 2024 medals design

Paris 2024 called on the LVMH jewellery house, Chaumet, to conceive the design of its medals. Globally renowned for its craftsmanship, Chaumet has made the medal into a veritable jewel, with a design conceived around three sources of inspiration: the hexagon, radiance and gem-setting.

The hexagon

The original Eiffel Tower iron is formed in a hexagon – the geometrical shape of France. This symbol is a reminder of the whole nation’s engagement in delivering historic Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stripped of its “Eiffel Tower brown” paint, the iron is returned to its original colour. Placed in the centre and imprinted with the emblem of the Paris 2024 Games, this piece of heritage fits perfectly within the gold, silver and bronze.

Radiance

On the same side of the medal, fine lines project outwards at regular intervals from around the iron hexagon. Embossed rather than engraved, these lines bring relief and sparkle to a medal that is far from being smooth. This creative concept embodies both the radiance of France in the world and the shining performances of the athletes at the Games.

Gem-setting

In order to bring together these two icons – the Eiffel Tower and the Games medal – an equally symbolic craft was required. Thanks to the creativity of LVMH and the House of Chaumet, the medal is encrusted with the piece of iron. Six metal appendages – one for each corner – are used to fix the hexagon in place. This encrusting is possible due to the slightly concave shape of the medal, which adds depth to the design of each side. For Paris 2024, the distinctive “Clous de Paris” hobnail shape, resembling the famous Eiffel Tower rivets, has been chosen for the setting.


A side shared by both the Olympic and Paralympic medals

Following the unveiling of a single emblem, a duo of identical mascots, a common look and a shared torch, Paris 2024 is continuing in its ambition to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games closer together. The Olympic and Paralympic medals thereby share one side with the same design: the side encrusted with the Eiffel Tower iron.

The Eiffel Tower has also inspired the unique design of the ribbons for the medals. For the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, the medal ribbons will be adorned with the Eiffel Tower lattice work. The Olympic medal ribbons will be dark blue, while those of the Paralympic medals will be a deep red – a mix of the first two coats of paint (“Venice red” and “red-brown”) used on the Eiffel Tower.


Two unique stories for the other sides of the medals

As with every edition of the Games, the other side of the Olympic medal tells the story of the rebirth of the Games in Greece. A traditional feature of the medals since 2004, the goddess of victory Athena Nike is represented in the foreground, emerging from the Panathenaic Stadium that witnessed the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. Another compulsory feature of the other side of the Olympic medals, the Acropolis is joined by the Eiffel Tower for the first time in this design. In this way, the inspiration of the ancient Games in Greece, the French origins of the modern Olympic Games and their next edition in Paris are all represented.

For its part, the other side of the Paralympic medals is a pure reflection of Paris 2024 and Chaumet’s creative choices. A graphic representation of the Eiffel Tower from an upward perspective will give medalists the chance to discover the Eiffel Tower from a rarely seen angle. The words “Paris” and “2024” surround the feet of the tower, written in universal Braille, the symbolic language of accessibility and a reference to its French inventor, Louis Braille. To enable athletes with visual impairments to feel the difference between the medals, dashes are engraved on the edge: I for gold, II for silver and III for bronze.