The new Olympic medal can be split into 4

The new Olympic medal can be split into 4

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Text: Adibah Isa

Philippe Starck presents the Paris 2024 Olympic medal, made for sharing


Why earn one medal when you can have four? For athletes competing in either the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games, a medalist can share three more pieces from a win to his or her dearest: Be it coaches, fellow team members or loved ones. That is, if France eventually wins the bid to stage the 2024 Olympic Games.

After the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 and 2028 games to future host cities Paris and Los Angeles earlier this week (we just don't know yet which city will claim the exact year), French designer Philippe Starck revealed his design for the Paris 2024 medal. The news couldn't come at a better timing — revealed in the presence of French president Emmanuel Macron, mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the co-president of the bid committee Paris 2024 Tony Estanguet — with Bastille Day festivities happening this weekend.

Philippe Starck

"I didn't want it to be an object, rather a symbol," shared Starck in an interview. Interweaving the passion, madness and transformation of a human who "wants to go further", the designer has created a medal that shows team spirit at its best. It's not his first time designing for such a major sporting event — the interior, product, apparel and scent designer had also created the 1992 Albertville Winter Games torch.

2024 will mark the 100th anniversary of Paris' 1924 Olympics. The French capital had previously bid to be the host city in 2012, but lost out to London. The next Olympic Games will be held in Japan in 2020.