Rio Olympic medals to be unveiled Tuesday

Rio 2016
Rio 2016

The medals for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics will be unveiled Tuesday at an event starting at 2 p.m. ET, two days earlier than expected, Rio 2016 officials said Monday.

IOC president Thomas Bach will be in Brazil this week to look over Olympic preparations, meet with interim Brazil president Michel Temer and visit the Olympic Village, among other activities.

Two weeks ago, the International Paralympic Committee and Rio Olympic officials said the Olympic and Paralympic medals would be unveiled Thursday, June 16, 50 days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals are different designs.

It’s the closest to the Opening Ceremony that Olympic medals have been unveiled since 2000:

Sochi 2014 — Eight months ahead of time
London 2012 — One year ahead
Vancouver 2010 — Four months ahead
Beijing 2008 — 17 months ahead
Torino 2006 — Two months ahead
Athens 2004 — 13 months ahead
Salt Lake City 2002 — Four months ahead
Sydney 2000 — One month ahead

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