Pierre de Coubertin medal

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The Pierre de Coubertin medal is a special decoration awarded by the International Olympic Committee that "pays tribute to institutions with a pedagogical and educational role and to people who, through their research and the creation of intellectual works in the spirit of Pierre de Coubertin, contribute to the promotion of Olympism." [1] It was designed by André Ricard Sala, with one face featuring a portrait of Coubertin and the other showing the Olympic motto and rings. [1]


The medal is not the same award as the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy, which was inaugurated in 1964 and is awarded by the International Fair Play Committee, [2] [3] although the two are sometimes confused. For example, some news media reported on 22 August 2016 that Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino had received the medal after colliding with each other on the track during the 5000m event and assisting each other to continue the race. [4] The New Zealand Olympic Committee said that no such award had yet been made, [5] and The Guardian later corrected their report confirming "the award was the International Fair Play Committee Award rather than the Pierre de Coubertin award". [4]


Juan Antonio Samaranch [6] Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Seventh President of the International Olympic Committee 1997
Leon Štukelj [7] Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 12 November 1999
(awarded posthumously)
Raymond Gafner Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1999
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 2000
João Havelange Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2000
Gianni Agnelli Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2000
Alain Danet Flag of France.svg  France 2000
Kurt Furgler Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2000
Henry Kissinger Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2000
Yoshiaki Tsutsumi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2000
Emil Zátopek Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1952 Summer Olympics 6 December 2000
(awarded posthumously)
Helsinki, Finland
Kéba Mbaye Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 2001
Rodolphe Leising Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2001
Wolf Lyberg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2001
Spencer Eccles Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002 Winter Olympics February 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Artur Takac Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2002
Conrado Durantez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2002
Hilda Múdra Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 2002
Carlos Luña Longo Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2002
Walburga Grimm Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2003
Cecilia Tait Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 2003
Marino Ercolani Casadei Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 2003
Julio Ernesto Cassanello Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2003
Vanderlei de Lima [8] Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2004 Summer Olympics 29 August 2004 Athens, Greece
Erwin Niedermann Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 2004
Heiner Heinze Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2004
Martin Franken Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands In recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the Olympic Movement and services to the IOC16 November 2006 Lausanne, Switzerland
Elena Novikova-Belova Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 2007 XI International Scientific Congress 17 May 2007 Minsk, Belarus
Shaul Ladany Flag of Israel.svg  Israel "Unusual outstanding sports achievements during a span covering over four decades" [9] 17 May 2007 Minsk, Belarus
Manfred Bergman Flag of Israel.svg  Israel For services rendered to the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic causeDecember, 2008
Lausanne, Switzerland
Boyan Radev [10] Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 15 September 2009
Eric Monnin Flag of France.svg  France Olympic education specialist2012
Bob Nadin Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Ice hockey referee2012
Richard Garneau Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2014 Winter Olympics 6 February 2014
(awarded posthumously)
Sochi, Russia
Michael Hwang [11] Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore "Exceptional services to the Olympic movement"13 October 2014 Singapore, Singapore
Eduard von Falz-Fein [12] Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein "[L]ong service to the Olympic movement" [12] 17 February 2017 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Lü Junjie Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Zisha artist [13] 16 January 2018 Lausanne, Switzerland
Han Meilin Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Designer of the Fuwa, mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympics. [14] 24 April 2018 Lausanne, Switzerland

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