Diplomas: Over a century of history
Olympic diplomas are certificates presented to Olympic winners and participants. It’s a tradition dating back to the first Modern Olympics in 1896.
The diploma designs are truly unique, with wonderful graphics, often with bright and vivid colors. The designs reflect the eras in which they were made. In current Olympic Games, the first eight places receive special winner’s diplomas. Participation diplomas are given to all athletes and officials.
Today, the two types of diplomas generally differ in design. That was not always the case. Winner’s diplomas tend to carry a value less than their corresponding winner’s medals, despite being just as rare. As with all Olympic memorabilia, the prices of diplomas have been rising steadily and those from earlier Games are especially desirable.