Tons of gold, silver, bronze for Olympians

Thirteen kilos of gold and a ton apiece of silver and bronze are to be used in the production of over 6,000 medals for athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics, the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee (ATHOC) said yesterday. A group of 15 specialists have already started work at a factory in Aspropyrgos, which is to mint more than 3,100 Olympic medals and around 3,300 Paralympic medals, ATHOC said. The Olympic medal shows the statue of Winged Victory of Peonios at Olympia against the Panathenaic Stadium on one side, and the Olympic Flame against an extract of Pindar’s Eighth Olympic Ode on the other. The Paralympic medal bears the image of a seahorse – the official logo for the Athens Paralympic Games – and the phrase Athens 2004 in Braille on one side, and the Acropolis on the other.