Paris Olympic and Paralympic medals unveiled featuring iron of Eiffel Tower

The organizing committee of this year's Paris Olympics and Paralympics has unveiled the medals to be awarded to podium finishers during the Games. The designs are crafted from pieces of metal of the Eiffel Tower, an icon of the French capital.

During a news conference on Thursday, the committee revealed the gold, silver and bronze medals for the Olympics and those for the Paralympics.

Each medal is inlaid in its center with a hexagonal token forged from scraps of iron preserved after renovation work was done on the Eiffel Tower.

The geometric shape is embossed with three symbols -- the flame, the gold medal and Marianne -- which combine to form a single emblem for the 2024 Games. Marianne is the embodiment of the French Republic.
The back of the Olympic medals depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with the Eiffel Tower to one side and the Acropolis on the other.

The reverse side of the Paralympic medals shows a view of the Eiffel Tower as seen directly from under the structure.

The organizers say they will prepare more than 5,000 medals for the Games.

The Paris Olympics and Paralympics will open on July 26 and August 28, respectively.