Organizers of the 2024 Summer Games have unveiled the medals that will be awarded to winning Olympic athletes in Paris. They will be able to literally take a piece of Paris home with them. The gold, silver, and bronze medals will feature an iron hexagon at the center made from metal salvaged from the Eiffel Tower during its 20th century renovations. Any time metal was replaced in the tower, the original iron was saved for posterity. The medals were designed by French jeweler Chaumet.
The iron hexagons are inlaid with a claw setting, resembling the setting of a precious stone. The outer part of the medals have a starburst pattern to indicate radiance. The reverse will have the image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The medals for the Paralympics, which take place after the Olympic games, will feature the same design on the front, but the reverse has a view of the Eiffel tower as seen looking up from underneath. Get a closer look at the medals at CNN. The Paris Olympics will run from July 26 to August 11, 2024.