Paris 2024: the goddess Nike represented on all Olympic medals

Paris 2024: the goddess Nike represented on all Olympic medals
Paris 2024: the goddess Nike represented on all Olympic medals

The goddess of victory, Nike, is the daughter of the Titan Pallas and the river Styx that crosses the underworld, sister of Kratos, the power, Bia the strength and Zelos the ardor, quite a family. And if she is not the best known of the goddesses, she is undoubtedly the fastest, thanks to her golden wings that allow her to move at high speed and overcome obstacles. Often represented, sometimes even confused with Athena, goddess of war, whom she accompanies on the battlefields to bring triumph to those who fight with courage and determination.

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**Nike appeared on the medals of the Summer Games in 1896 during the first modern Games and systematically, since 2004, against the backdrop of the Panathenaic Stadium. An essential goddess that each country adapts to its image, as when in 2016 Brazil adorned her with bigger thighs and wider hips, “like the city of Rio, all curves with its sea and hills, like the bodies of Brazilian women“.

The medals of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, on the right, the bronze medal with the goddess Nike depicted on it.
– MATTHIEU MIRVILLE / MAXPPP

Nike, Nice… many inspirations

The goddess Nike can also be seen in the Louvre, in the form of a very famous statue: the victory of samothrace. But did you also know that the largest sports equipment manufacturer in the world takes its name from the goddess Nike? The Nike brand, which was originally called Blue Rebbonds Sport, but which in 1972 decided to change everything, its name, but also its logo, the famous upside-down comma which has now become one of the most famous logos in the world, and which is inspired by the wings of the goddess.

And it is not over, because it is also Nike who inspired the Phocaean Greeks, in 540 BC, to name the city of Nice, Nikaia, the one that arrives through victory. The victory is often beautiful, but of which Homer himself, through his poems, recalled the necessarily fleeting, random and ephemeral character.

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