The medals for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be unique with the inclusion of 18 grams of iron from the original Eiffel Tower from 1889.

With just 169 days remaining until the world’s greatest sporting event begins, the Organizing Committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games officially presented the medals that athletes will receive on the podium.

The extremely attractive design by the jeweler Chaumet is outlined with grooves evoking rays of light around the outside of the internal hexagonal structure that contains a material that is catching everyone’s attention. Each athlete who wins a medal will take a piece of the Eiffel Tower back to their country, with the internal hexagon consisting completely of iron from the original monument.

“The greatest symbol of Paris and France is the Eiffel Tower (…) it is the opportunity for the athletes to take a piece of Paris with them,” said Paris 2024 Creative Director, Thierry Reboul, regarding the implementation of material from the Parisian icon.

The reverse side of the medal features a design of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, continuing the Olympic tradition started at Athens 2004. The goddess is flanked by the Acropolis on the left and the Eiffel Tower on the right of the engraved image. The inclusion of the Acropolis and Nike is a nod to the original Olympic Games held in Athens in 1986.

How were pieces of the Eiffel Tower obtained?

In 2008, the Eiffel Tower’s elevators were modernized, which meant removing several pieces of iron from the tower that were carefully stored by Parisian authorities.

After several years of conservation, the Eiffel Tower Operating Company (SETE) decided to allocate these pieces to be included in the medals for the Paris Olympic Games. The iron from the iconic monument was melted down and prepared to be embedded in the medals in the beautiful city of Lorraine in eastern France.

“We decided to add this hexagon (representing the shape of France) in the same way we would do with a precious stone, in the center and placed as the most precious element of the medal,” said Clementine Massonnat, head of the creative activities of Chaumet.

In 169 more days, the long-awaited Paris 2024 Olympic Games begin. Today, athletes around the world know that winning a medal also means taking home a piece of one of France’s world-renowned and iconic monument.