Pierre de Coubertin medal
Awarded forInstitutions 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.
Presented byInternational Olympic Committee (IOC)
First awarded1997
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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]


Recipient Country Accomplishment(s) Date Place
Juan Antonio Samaranch[6]  Spain Seventh President of the International Olympic Committee 1997
Leon Štukelj[7]  Slovenia 12 November 1999
(awarded posthumously)
Raymond Gafner   Switzerland 1999
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco  Monaco 2000
João Havelange  Brazil 2000
Gianni Agnelli  Italy 2000
Alain Danet  France 2000
Kurt Furgler   Switzerland 2000
Henry Kissinger  United States 2000
Yoshiaki Tsutsumi  Japan 2000
Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia 1952 Summer Olympics 6 December 2000
(awarded posthumously)
Helsinki, Finland
Kéba Mbaye  Senegal 2001
Rodolphe Leising   Switzerland 2001
Wolf Lyberg  Sweden 2001
Spencer Eccles  United States 2002 Winter Olympics February 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Artur Takac   Switzerland 2002
Conrado Durantez  Spain 2002
Hilda Múdra  Slovakia 2002
Carlos Luña Longo  Guatemala 2002
Walburga Grimm  Germany 2003
Cecilia Tait  Peru 2003
Marino Ercolani Casadei  San Marino 2003
Julio Ernesto Cassanello  Argentina 2003
Vanderlei de Lima[8]  Brazil 2004 Summer Olympics 29 August 2004 Athens, Greece
Erwin Niedermann  Austria 2004
Heiner Heinze  Germany 2004
Martin Franken  Netherlands In recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the Olympic Movement and services to the IOC 16 November 2006 Lausanne, Switzerland
Elena Novikova-Belova  Belarus 2007 XI International Scientific Congress 17 May 2007 Minsk, Belarus
Shaul Ladany  Israel "Unusual outstanding sports achievements during a span covering over four decades"[9] 17 May 2007 Minsk, Belarus
Manfred Bergman  Israel For services rendered to the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic cause December, 2008
Lausanne, Switzerland
Boyan Radev[10]  Bulgaria 15 September 2009
Eric Monnin  France Olympic education specialist 2012
Bob Nadin  Canada Ice hockey referee 2012
Richard Garneau  Canada 2014 Winter Olympics 6 February 2014
(awarded posthumously)
Sochi, Russia
Michael Hwang[11]  Singapore "Exceptional services to the Olympic movement" 13 October 2014 Singapore
Petros Synadinos[12]
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Long and diverse service to the Olympic Movement[13] 2016 Athens, Greece
Eduard von Falz-Fein[14]  Liechtenstein "[L]ong service to the Olympic movement"[14] 17 February 2017 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Lü Junjie  China Zisha artist[15] 16 January 2018 Lausanne, Switzerland
Han Meilin  China Designer of the Fuwa, mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[16] 24 April 2018 Lausanne, Switzerland
Aldons Vrublevskis  Latvia Former President of the Latvian NOC.[17] 28 November 2020 Sigulda, Latvia
George Hirthler[18]  United States Author of 'The Idealist' about Pierre de Coubertin 23 June 2022 Lausanne, Switzerland
Rolf Lukaschewski[19]  Germany German-born contemporary artist 23 June 2022 Lausanne, Switzerland

See also


  1. ^ a b 106th IOC Session Meeting Minutes, Lausanne: International Olympic Committee, 3–6 September 1997, p. 68
  2. ^ "ANGEL OR DEMON? THE CHOICE OF FAIR PLAY". International Olympic Committee. 2006. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  3. ^ "World Fair Play Trophy". International Fair Play Committee. 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b "New Zealand and US runners awarded for sportsmanship". The Guardian. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics: Kiwi runner Nikki Hamblin in line for rare Pierre de Coubertin honour". Stuff. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  6. ^ Olympic Review. International Olympic Committee. XXVI (17): 9. October–November 1997. ((cite journal)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "LEON STUKELJ AWARDED IOC MEDAL POSTHUMOUSLY". International Olympic Committee. 12 November 1999. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Lima Vanderlei receives the Pierre de Coubertin medal". International Olympic Committee. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Sports Shorts – Israel News". Haaretz. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  10. ^ "San Marino NOC president awarded the Olympic Order". Chinese Olympic Committee. 17 October 2009. Archived from the original on 4 November 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Πέτρος Συναδινός". Ελληνική Ολυμπιακή Επιτροπή (in Greek). Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  13. ^ Vasileiou, Konstantinos (2016-06-29). "The 'Pierre de Coubertin' award to Petros Synadinos!". paralympicus.gr. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  14. ^ a b "IOC President visits Liechtenstein". International Olympic Committee. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  15. ^ "IOC awards Pierre de Coubertin medal to Chinese artist Lv Junjie - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Chinese artist awarded Coubertin Medal at IOC headquarters in Lansanne". Xinhua. Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Olympic Highlights 07/12/2020 - Olympic News". olympics.com. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  18. ^ Sheidlower, Noah. "Atlanta resident George Hirthler receives rare Pierre de Coubertin Medal from International Olympic Committee". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  19. ^ https://olympics.com/ioc/news/pierre-de-coubertin-medal-awarded-to-artist-rolf-lukaschewski-and-olympic-writer-george-hirthler[bare URL]