The final marquee exhibit in the Museum is also from the Crawford Family U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Archives – a nearly-complete collection of Olympic medals.
Since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games, medals have been used to award the champions of each event. Though they have evolved greatly in size, shape, color, texture, and material over time, the Olympic and Paralympic medals still carry the same significance and meaning they always have: the best of the best.
Thanks to the incredible donation of USOPC Board of Directors member Gordy Crawford, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum now displays a near complete collection of Olympic and Paralympic medals, dating back to the Athens 1896 Games.
Additionally, the museum offers medal demonstrations throughout the week where visitors can see, touch, and learn more about the designs and cultural impact of each award.