The particularity resides in the fact that the reverse of the Grenoble Games winners’ medals differs according to the discipline in which the medal was won. Indeed, French graphic designer Roger Excoffon (the creator of the medal’s visuals) planned a pictogram for each discipline represented at the Olympic Games. This pictogram is engraved on the reverse of the medal using a photo transfer procedure onto steel eaten into by acid. The motif presented into the gold medal above is thus linked to slalom.
This medal had a famous owner, who donated it to the IOC in 1987 – French skier Jean-Claude Killy. He won no fewer than three Olympic titles in Grenoble: in slalom, giant slalom and downhill.