U.S. Olympic athletes to receive commemorative gold rings

All U.S. Olympic athletes will receive a commemorative custom-made ring as an award for making the Athens Olympics.

U.S. Olympic Team Supplier and Licensee, O.C. Tanner Co., just unveiled the commemorative U.S. Olympic Team Rings for athletes competing in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Each ring is custom-cut with the venue pictogram and the athlete’s name. The ring features an arch-design on each side that replicates the entrance archway leading into the original Olympic stadium, and the ring shanks resemble ancient Greek pillars.

“The design fuses the historic Olympic Games with an ultra-modern look that can be worn, not only as a symbol of achieving a dream, but as a beautiful piece of jewelry,” says Garth Bruner, O.C. Tanner ring designer.

In addition to the U.S. Olympic Team Rings, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company designed and created the U.S. Paralympic Team Rings and the U.S. Delegation Rings. O.C. Tanner’s in-house artisans will handcraft approximately 1,700 rings for the Athens Games. Each ring is available in a men’s and women’s version. Athletes who win gold medals have the option of including the words “Gold Medalist” on their rings.

O.C. Tanner designed and created team rings for the U.S. Olympic Teams in the Sydney and Salt Lake City Games. In 2002, the leader in corporate recognition created the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.