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The medals for the 2024 Olympics in Paris will have iron from the Eiffel Tower in them

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The medals for this year’s Olympics in Paris are pretty special. They’re not just inspired by the Eiffel Tower; they actually have a piece of the real thing! During some renovations, they took ironwork from the Eiffel Tower and used it to make the medals’ middle part. So, when athletes win, they get a piece of Paris history to take home. A fancy jewelry company called Chaumet designed them, and they even have the goddess Nike on the back, just like the medals since 2004. The Paralympics medal shows a cool drawing of the Eiffel Tower from below.

A statement mentioned that some metal parts were taken out during the Eiffel Tower’s makeover in the 1900s and kept safe. These pieces were then cleaned, shaped into hexagons, and imprinted with the Paris 2024 logo. Crafted by Chaumet, the Olympic medals for 2024 will feature a part of the Eiffel Tower’s original iron structure. It was repurposed into a hexagonal centerpiece using a technique commonly used for securing gems on jewelry. Chaumet’s creative director, Clémentine Massonnat-Schaller, explained that they aimed to make the centerpiece stand out like a precious stone. The design drew inspiration from the Eiffel Tower and Chaumet’s history of making fancy tiaras, visible in the medal’s lines resembling sunlight rays. #paris #olympic #news #design #cnnstyle

In recent times, both Olympic and Paralympic medals now look the same. The president of Paris 2024, Tony Estanguet, said this decision shows the two events coming together.

Last July, organizers shared that the Olympic torch will be used for both the Olympics and Paralympics for the first time. The torch, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur, is made of 3.3-pound recycled steel and has a design inspired by moving water.

The torch was revealed shortly after LVMH became the Games’ “Premium Partner” in a deal announced. LVMH’s other brands, like Louis Vuitton and Dior, are expected to be visibly present at the Games, along with the LVMH-owned Champagne producer Moët Hennessy.

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