French skier Vincent Gauthier-Manuel melts down Paralympic medal to create engagement ring

Alpine skiing pictogram. Alpine skiing pictogram. Image credit: Parutakupiu

27-year old French para-alpine skier Vincent Gauthier-Manuel has melted down part of  his silver 2014 Paralympic medal to create an engagement ring.  The work was done by a friend who is a jeweler, and the integrity of the original medal remains, as the medal came from a natural indent in the medal that has subsequently been made into holes.

 

Gauthier-Manuel came away with three medals from the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.  He won gold in the men’s giant slalom standing, silver in the men’s standing slalom and bronze in the men’s standing downhill.  Gauthier-Manuel also won three medals, a gold and two silver, at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

 

His bride to be is Mélissande Lamy, and the couple will likely marry in 2016.

About Laura Hale
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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