With 52 days remaining until the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee formally launched the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic medals at the Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon. IOC president Thomas Bach was in attendance to present the new medals.
“Today marks the start of the final countdown to the first Olympic Games to be staged in South America.”
The medals were made to honor the strengths of the Olympic heroes and forces of nature. The front of the medals features “Rio 2016” surrounded by laurel leaves – a symbol of victory in ancient Greece. The back of the medals feature the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, along with the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis in the background.
The Paralympic medals were made with a special feature this year. Each medal is a made with a special device implanted that makes a noise when the medal is shaken. The noise will allow visually impaired athletes to know if their medal is gold, silver, or bronze. The Gold medals are the loudest while bronze medals are the quietest.
The video above shows how all of the medals are made. All of the gold, silver, and bronze medals are 500g and made from sustainable materials. More pictures of the Olympic and Paralympic medals can be found below.