Rattling Paralympics Medals Give Visually-Impaired Athletes Full Awards Experience
Sports| | By Margo Gothelf
The medals at the 2016 Paralympics have been upgraded specifically for the Paralympians.
For the first time in Paralympic history, the medals have pellets inside of them that make noise when you shake them. The medals allow visually-impaired athletes to get the full experience when receiving a medal.
Each level of medal has a different number of pellets inside of them to signify the color. Gold medals have 28, silver have 20, and bronze have 18.
A medal like no other! These Paralympic winners are listening to their medals! For the first time ever, the Paralympic Games have placed a device inside the medals that use tiny steel balls to make a sound when they are shaken, allowing visually impaired athletes to identify which type they are. The bronze medals have 16 steel balls and make the lowest sound. The silver ones have 20 balls and the golds have 28, producing the loudest noise. All of the medals also have the words 'Rio 2016 Paralympic Games' written on them in Braille. Awesome! @rio2016 @paralympics
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On all of the medals “Rio 2016 Paralympic Games” is also written in Braille.
“[We wanted] to not just be able to show the medal, but for those who have a visual or sensory impairment to be able to feel it not just by touching it, not just with the braille that is on it, but with its sound,” Victor Hugo Berbert, head of medal-making, explained.
Along with the medal, the Paralympic athletes are given a fabric doll named Tom, the Paralympic mascot. The color of Tom’s hair signifies the color of the medal that the athlete won.
Two sports, two venues, two nights and two medals for Great Britain's Kadeena Cox. Less than 24 hours after grabbing an #athletics bronze she sealed a world record breaking cycling gold today!!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! #Paralympics #ProudParalympian #Rio2016 Photo by @gettyimages
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Watch the video below to see how the one-of-a-kind medals were made for the Paralympic games.