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Organizers of the Paris Olympics unveil an exhibition of the five Olympic rings mounted on the Eiffel Tower


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The Olympic rings will be on display on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Friday, June 7, 2024.

PARIS (AP) — Paris Olympics organizers on Friday unveiled an exhibition of the five Olympic rings mounted on the Eiffel Tower as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games.

The structure of rings, made from recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old monument in central Paris, overlooking the River Seine. Each ring has a diameter of 9 meters (30 feet).

Thousands of athletes will parade on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route through the heart of the French capital during the opening ceremony at sunset on July 26.

There will be no shortage of iconic locations at the Paris Olympics.

The tower, nicknamed La Dame de Fer (The Iron Lady), will take a prominent place during the exhibition from July 26 to August 26. 11 Paris Games and the next Paralympic Games.

Men’s and women’s volleyball players will compete at the foot of the 330-meter-high monument. They will be watched by nearly 13,000 fans at the temporary Eiffel Tower Stadium on the nearby Champ de Mars, where Parisians and tourists enjoy picnicking on the grass or watching fireworks shows on July 14.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals in Paris are embedded with pieces of a hexagonal piece of iron from the tower.

This hugely popular landmark in central Paris has seen rising visitor numbers in the run-up to the 2024 Games.

Two huge cranes were used Friday night to lift the 30-ton structure and install it between the first and second floors of the tower.

The Olympic rings will be illuminated with 100,000 LED lights every evening during the Paralympic Games starting on August 28, 17 days after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The Paralympic Games will bring together 4,400 athletes from 180 countries in 549 events and 22 sports. Many sports will take place near landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Versailles and the Grand Palais.


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The Olympic rings will be on display on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Friday, June 7, 2024. Organizers of the Paris Olympics installed the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games.
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