- 03 Jul 2003
- IOC News
New medal designs for the Olympic Games of Athens 2004
During a press conference held in Prague ATHENS 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and HOC President and IOC Executive Committee Member Lambis Nikolaou presented the medals for the 2004 Olympic Games.
Facts about the medal
The main feature of the medals is the Greek character shown on both sides, since their basic side has been changed for the first time since the Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928. This is of particular importance, as from now on all Olympic medals will reflect the Greek character of the Games as regards both their origin and their revival.
On the medals awarded to Olympic athletes from 1928 until the Sydney Games, goddess Nike was seated, holding an ear of corn in one hand and a wreath in the other.
"Since goddess Nike would fly into a stadium to crown the best athlete, we concluded that it was best to represent the interior of a stadium on the medal," said ATHENS 2004 President, and she added: "For the Athens Olympic Games medals, we selected the Panathinaikon Stadium where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896."
The reverse of the medal will also include the sport in which the athlete won it.
The elements on the obverse of the medal are three:
- The first is the eternal flame that will be lit in Olympia and will travel through the five continents by way of the 2004 Torch Relay.
- The flame is accompanied by the opening lines of Pindar’s Eighth Olympic Ode composed in 460 BC to honour the victory of Alkimedon of Aegina in wrestling.
- The medal is completed with the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games emblem.
The design of the Medal was created by Elena Votsi and the total number of medals to be produced is 1,130 gold, 1,130 silver, and 1,150 bronze.
Athens 2004 official web site