The Goddess of Running Shoes and Olympic Medals

This relief of Nike restraining a bull is part of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

This relief of Nike restraining a bull is part of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Nike is the goddess of speed, strength and victory. Those qualities make her a perfect symbol for the Olympics. An image of Nike is on the back of every medal awarded to athletes at the modern Olympics. Each country who hosts the games designs their own medals and shows Nike in a slightly different way.

 

 

 

Nike is often depicted as a charioteer, sometimes driving Zeus’ chariot for him. Modern day names like Nicholas, Veronica and Nicole are derived from Nike’s name.

Nike’s most famous current day association however is with the Nike sports wear company.  The wing on their shoe represents the goddess’ wing. 

 

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