Pierre de Coubertin medal
The Pierre de Coubertin medal (also known as the De Coubertin medal or the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal) is a special decoration awarded by the International Olympic Committee to those athletes, former athletes, sports promoters, sporting officials and others who exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship in Olympic events or through exceptional service to the Olympic movement.
The medal was inaugurated in 1964 and named in honour of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee. According to the Olympic Museum, it "is one of the noblest honours that can be bestowed upon an Olympic athlete."
The medal has only ever been won by 1 female athlete in the entire history of the award.
|Luz Long||Germany||1936 Summer Olympics||1964
|Eugenio Monti||Italy||1964 Winter Olympics||1964||Innsbruck, Austria|
|Franz Jonas||Austria||—||July 1969||Vienna, Austria|
|Karl Heinz Klee||Austria||1976 Winter Olympics||February 1977||Innsbruck, Austria|
|Lawrence Lemieux||Canada||1988 Summer Olympics||September 1988||Seoul, South Korea|
|Justin Harley McDonald||Australia||1994 Winter Olympics||1994||Lillehammer, Norway|
|Emil Zátopek||Czechoslovakia||1952 Summer Olympics||December 6, 2000
|Spencer Eccles||United States||2002 Winter Olympics||February 2002||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Tana Umaga||New Zealand||2003 Rugby Test Match||June 2003||Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima||Brazil||2004 Summer Olympics||August 29, 2004||Athens, Greece|
|Elena Novikova-Belova||Belarus||2007 XI International Scientific Congress||May 17, 2007||Minsk, Belarus|
|Shaul Ladany||Israel||«Unusual outstanding sports achievements during a span covering over four decades»||May 17, 2007||Minsk, Belarus|
|Petar Cupać||Croatia||2008 Summer Olympics||November 18, 2008||Beijing, China|
|Ronald Harvey||Australia||—||April 2, 2009||—|
|Eric Monnin||France||Olympic education specialist||2012||—|
|Bob Nadin||Canada||Ice hockey referee||2012||—|
|Richard Garneau||Canada||2014 Winter Olympics||February 6, 2014
|Michael Hwang||Singapore||«Exceptional services to the Olympic movement»||October 13, 2014||Singapore, Singapore|
|Eduard von Falz-Fein||Liechtenstein||«Long service to the Olympic movement»||February 17, 2017||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Lü Junjie||China||Zisha artist||January 16, 2018||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Han Meilin||China||Chinese artist most recognized today for his creation of the Fuwa dolls for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.||April 24, 2018||Lausanne, Switzerland|
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. The New Zealand Olympic Committee said that no such award had yet been made, and The Guardian later corrected their report confirming «the award was the International Fair Play Committee Award rather than the Pierre de Coubertin award».
- “Nash didn't win because I gave him the bolt. He won because he had the fastest run.”
- “It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler... You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Lutz Long at that moment."
- "I can't accept Emanuel's medal. I'm happy with mine. It's bronze but means gold."
- "Victory due to the opponents’ inadequate equipment is not a merit. Co-operation among sports people is a fundamental part of Olympism."
- - Australian Justin Harley McDonald, Bobsleigh, who won the Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy 1994 for Act of Fair Play. McDonald was the first Australian to be awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy.
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- Newsletter No. 22, Comité international olympique, Château de Vidy 1007 Lausanne, p. 402
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- "Sports Shorts – Israel News". Haaretz. September 12, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Singapore Lawyer Michael Hwang receives the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for his Services to the Olympic Movement - Singapore National Olympic Council". 13 October 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
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- "IOC awards Pierre de Coubertin medal to Chinese artist Lv Junjie - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Chinese artist awarded Coubertin Medal at IOC headquarters in Lansanne". Xinhua. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "New Zealand and US runners awarded for sportsmanship". The Guardian. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- "Rio Olympics: Kiwi runner Nikki Hamblin in line for rare Pierre de Coubertin honour". Stuff. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Schwartz, Larry (2007). "ESPN.com: Owens pierced a myth". Retrieved August 14, 2008.
- "Emanuel surpreende e oferece sua medalha de ouro para Vanderlei Cordeiro" [Emanuel surprises and offers his gold medal to Vanderlei Cordeiro] (in Portuguese). Folha Online. September 1, 2004. Retrieved August 8, 2012.