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.