Paris 2024 unveils podiums for Paralympic and Olympic Games

The Paralympic and Olympic podiums are the ultimate symbols of performance and showcase the creativity of Paris 2024 23 May 2024
A collaged photo of three athletes posing on the podium
The Paris 2024 podiums are made from French wood and 100 per cent recycled French plastic
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By Paris 2024 and IPC

With less than 100 days to go until the opening of the first Paralympic Games in France, the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, with the support of P&G, Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Parter, has unveiled the podiums, the ultimate symbols of performance. 

The Paralympic and Olympic podiums are the ultimate symbols of performance and showcase the creativity of Paris 2024. The design draws inspiration from the work of French architect Gustave Eiffel.

100 days to go

Para triathlete Alexis Hanquinquant joined Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet and Béatrice Dupuy, President and General Manager of P&G France and Benelux, at a special event at the Pulse, the headquarters of Paris 2024.

“I am thrilled to discover the podiums of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Paris 2024, especially with less than 100 days until the start of the Paralympic Games,” said French Para triathlete Alexis Hanquinquant.

Hanquinquant won the men’s individual PTS4 race at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and he is aiming to defend his title at Paris 2024.

“Stepping onto the Paralympic Games podium means transitioning from being a champion in a discipline to being recognised by an entire country. Seeing this podium in person today gives me even more motivation to push myself, go all the way and relive this unique world-class experience, but this time in Paris, at home, in front of my family and my audience.

“It will truly have a very special flavour and will remain etched in my memory forever.”


Get to know the Paris 2024 podium

Paris 2024 wanted to create continuity between the medal and the podium, the two symbols of performance that define the identity of the Games and the pride of the host country. While the Eiffel Tower is at the heart of the medal, it is the Eiffel Bridge that inspired the design of the podiums. 

The lines and curves that adorn their façade are an extension of the metal arches that make the Parisian bridge unique, reflecting the work of Gustave Eiffel and its association with Paris and France worldwide.

The grey surface of the podium refers to the zinc of the famous Parisian rooftops. The choice of sober colours (grey and off-white) and a sleek design aims to harmonise the podium with the colourful and festive Look of the Games, as well as the colours of the official uniforms of each delegation. 

Designed with the same concept as the Olympic podium, the Paralympic podium stands out for its single-level configuration. Gold medallists will celebrate their achievements in the centre of the podium, behind a raised façade. There will be a ramp so the podium is accessible for all athletes.

From design to manufacturing and assembly, the podiums reflect Paris 2024's commitment to promoting "Made in France" and the expertise of local French companies. Thus, the podiums are made from French wood and 100 per cent recycled French plastic.


Moment of pride and emotion

Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, said: "Stepping onto the podium, for an athlete, is a moment of pride, emotion, and ultimate consecration. The medal is placed around their neck, and in an instant, the dream becomes a reality: they enter the grand history of the Games. 

“With P&G, a Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner since 2010, we are delighted to unveil the podiums of the Paris 2024 Games. Their design follows in the continuity of our medals, incorporating a piece of the Eiffel Tower, drawing inspiration from the work of the great French architect Gustave Eiffel, whose lines and curves make it unique worldwide. With these podiums, manufactured in France using French wood and 100 per cent recycled plastic, we provide athletes with a true stage where they will proudly stand and represent the colours of their countries, in front of the entire world”

Béatrice Dupuy, President and General Manager of P&G France, said: “At 100 Days to Go to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, on behalf of the P&G group and its iconic brands such as Ariel, Head & Shoulders, Oral B, Pampers, Gillette, Braun, and Always, I am incredibly proud to support one of the exceptional projects of Paris 2024: the podium. I see it as the ultimate symbol of performance and the recognition of the sport achievements of all athletes. As a global partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have been supporting the performance of these everyday champions for nearly 15 years through our brands. This podium is also 'Made in France', and we have been producing in France for over 50 years. Performance and Made in France. A powerful symbol and immense pride for us."


Key figures

68 Olympic and Paralympic podiums (45 Olympic podiums and 23 Paralympic podiums)

23 types of modules to cover all configurations (individual and team events)

685 modules (640 + 45 replacement modules) produced in total during the Olympic and Paralympic Games period

Shortest podium: 3 modules used (individual event), measuring 4 meters long

Longest podium: 43 modules used (Football), measuring 40 meters long

Average weight of a module: 45kg

Height of the Paralympic podium: one level at 20 cm

Height of the Olympic podium: one level at 20 cm (silver and bronze medallists), one level at 35 cm (gold medallist)