1987 Pan American Games Gold Medal awarded to Carl Lewis

Issued by
Pan American Sports Organization, founded 1940
Received by
Lewis, Carl, American, born 1961
metal and ribbon
With Ribbon: 18 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1/8 in. (47 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm)
Place depicted
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
A Pan American Games gold medal with attached ribbon. The obverse and reverse both have images and words in relief. The obverse features a central lit torch. The word [INDIANAPOLIS] curves around the top edge of the medal, across the bottom are the letters [MCMLXXXVII]. The reverse depicts a large shiny [X] with laurel leaves curving on each side. At the top of the medal are the words [PAN / AMERICAN / GAMES™] and at the bottom, engraved in a small shiny area is the word [ATHLETICS]. The medal has blue, purple, orange, yellow, and green striped ribbon.
African American
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Carl Lewis Estate
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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