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Olympic Order

Gold Olympic Order
Silver Olympic Order

The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement and is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement, i.e. recognition of efforts worth of merit in the cause of sport. It was established in May 1975 by the Olympic Games.

The insignia of the Olympic Order is in the form of a collar (or chain), in Gold, Silver or Bronze according to grade; the front of the chain depicts the five rings of the Olympic Movement, flanked on either side by kotinos emblem (olive wreath). A lapel badge, in the form of the five rings in Gold, Silver and Bronze according to grade, is presented to recipients to wear as appropriate.

Nadia Comăneci is the only athlete to be awarded the Olympic Order twice (1984, 2004), as well as being its youngest ever recipient.


  • Recipients 1
    • 2001 1.1
    • Australian recipients 1.2
    • Indian recipients 1.3
    • Singaporean recipients 1.4
    • British recipients 1.5
  • See also 2
  • References 3


Dr Ulrich Feldhoff sporting Chain of the Olympic Order

The following is a list of recipients of the Olympic Order.


Sports executives, at the 12th IOC Session, Moscow, July 12, 2001:[52]

Athletes, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, July 21, 2001:[53]

Former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch also received the Olympic Order (Gold grade), at the 112th IOC Session at Moscow.

Australian recipients

From the Australian Olympic Committee website: [54] ("AO" signifies Officer of the Order of Australia, "MBE" means Member of the Order of the British Empire, etc)

  1. John Brown AO
  2. John D. Coates AC (Gold)
  3. Betty Cuthbert AM MBE
  4. John Devitt AM
  5. Herb Elliott AC MBE
  6. Robert Elphinston OAM
  7. Michael Eyers AM
  8. John Fitzgerald AM
  9. Shane Gould MBE
  10. Dawn Fraser AO MBE
  11. Cathy Freeman OAM
  12. Harry Gordon CMG AM
  13. Sydney Grange AO OBE MVO (Deceased)
  14. Geoffrey Henke AO
  15. Di Henry OAM
  16. Sandy Hollway AO
  17. The Hon John Howard OM AC SSI (Gold)
  18. Stephan Kerkyasharian AM
  19. The Hon Michael Knight AO (Gold)
  20. Bob Leece AM
  21. Margaret McLennan
  22. Norman May OAM
  23. Peter Montgomery OAM
  24. Mick O'Brien AM
  25. Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue AO CBE
  26. Julius Patching AO OBE
  27. William Berge Phillips OBE (Deceased)
  28. David Richmond AO (Gold)
  29. Jim Sloman OAM
  30. Shirley de la Hunty (Strickland) AO MBE (Deceased)
  31. Brian Tobin AM

Indian recipients

  1. Mool Chand Chowhan[55]
  2. Indira Gandhi[56]
  3. Jasdev Singh [57][58]

Singaporean recipients

  1. S R Nathan (Gold)
  2. Lee Hsien Loong (Gold)
  3. Teo Chee Hean (Silver)
  4. Vivian Balakrishnan (Silver)
  5. Ng Eng Hen (Silver)
  6. Tan Eng Liang (Silver)
  7. Chris Chan (Silver)
  8. Goh Kee Nguan (Silver)
  9. Francis Chong (Silver)
  10. Eric Tan Huck Gim (Silver)[59]

British recipients

  1. Sebastian Coe (Gold)
  2. Paul Deighton (Gold)
  3. Doug Arnot (Silver - American, given for services to London 2012)
  4. James Bulley (Silver)
  5. Richard George (Silver)
  6. Debbie Jevans (Silver)
  7. Ian Johnston (Silver)
  8. Keith Mills (Silver)
  9. Colin Moynihan (Silver)
  10. Gerry Pennell (Silver)
  11. Jean Tomlin (Silver)
  12. David Coleman (Silver??)

See also


  1. ^ "Olympic awards.". Olympic Review (Lausanne, Switzerland: The  
  2. ^ a b Olympic awards obtained (Olympic Review No. 206)
  3. ^ "Speech given by J.A. Samaranch, President of the IOC, before awarding the Gold Medal of the Olympic Order to Pope John Paul II".  
  4. ^ "Presidential activities (Olympic Review No. 184)". 
  5. ^ "Message from Elena Mukhina". 
  6. ^ "A courageous lesson from Elena Mouchina". 
  7. ^ Olympic Order (23rd IOA Session)
  8. ^ Opening of the 86th Session (Olympic Review No. 186)
  9. ^ Olympic Awards presented at the 87th IOC Session (Olympic Review No. 197)
  10. ^ Olympic Order (Olympic Review No. 204)
  11. ^ Chronology of the Candidature (Official Report of the Games of the XXV Olympiad Barcelona 1992)
  12. ^ Olympic Order (92nd IOC Session)
  13. ^ Olympic Order (93rd IOC Session)
  14. ^ Olympic Order (94th IOC Session)
  15. ^ Olympic Order (96th IOC Session in Tokyo)
  16. ^ Olympic Order (101st IOC Session)
  17. ^ Olympic Order (Olympic Review No. 313)
  18. ^ Gold Olympic Order for Yeltsin (Olympic Review No. 303)
  19. ^ Presidential Visit to Southern Africa (Olympic Review No. 326)
  20. ^ Olympic Order
  21. ^ Hain, Peter (2014-07-30). "Chris de Broglio obituary, Weightlifter who played a key role in apartheid South Africa's expulsion from the Olympics".  
  22. ^ "First Islamic woman named to Int'l Olympic Committee".  
  23. ^ "IOC awards Olympic Order to Steffi Graf".  
  24. ^ Panathlon International - News Flash (Olympic Review - October-November 1999)
  25. ^ Around the world - News Flash (Olympic Review - June-July 1999)
  26. ^ "The IOC awards the Olympic Order to Alberto Tomba".  
  27. ^ "Gold Olympic Order awarded to Adolf Ogi".  
  28. ^ Closing Ceremony (Sydney 2000)
  29. ^ "Alida van den Bos vereerd met olympische onderscheiding William K. Guegold at IOC Congress - For research into Olympic Music".  
  30. ^ "Olympic Order Awarded to Shirley Strickland-de la Hunty".  
  31. ^ "Olympic Order Awarded to Hockey Celebrities".  
  32. ^ "Day 1 - 114th IOC Session in Mexico City".  
  33. ^ "Olympic Orders Presentation".  
  34. ^ "IOC awards the Olympic Order to John Williams".  
  35. ^ "Olympic Order awarded to Adolf Ogi".  
  36. ^ "The IOC Awards the Olympic Order to Mr Jean Durry".  
  37. ^ "Olympic Order for Francoise Zweifel".  
  38. ^ "German President visits the Olympic Museum".  
  39. ^ "A new trophy for Nadia Comaneci".  
  40. ^ "Thank You Beijing!".  
  41. ^ "Nilsen nets Olympic honour".  
  42. ^ "Singapore President Receives Gold Olympic Order". The Official Website of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 2010-08-14. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  43. ^ "S'pore presented with special Olympic flag".  
  44. ^ John Huet (March 1, 2010). "Thank You And Merci Vancouver!".  
  45. ^ Mustafa Shafawi (August 26, 2010). "Eight Singaporeans presented Olympic Order in Silver".  
  46. ^ "Curtain comes down on 123rd IOC Session".  
  47. ^ "FISU mourns loss of Eiichi Kawatei".  
  48. ^ "Spanish sport still shines after failed Olympic bid, Crown Prince says". La Prensa. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  49. ^ "IOC President has private audience with Pope Francis".  
  50. ^ "The IOC awards the Olympic Order to Prof. Albert Scharf".  
  51. ^ "The IOC awards the Olympic Order to Enrique Sanz".  
  52. ^ 12th IOC Session highlights
  53. ^ "Olympic Order awarded to outstanding athletes".  
  54. ^ Australian Olympic Awareness - Australian Olympic Committee
  55. ^ "Olympic official Mool Chand Chowhan dies". Thaindian News. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  57. ^ "OLYMPICS 2016: To Bid Or Not To Bid". Financial Express. Dec 28, 2003. 
  58. ^ "OC's slight hurts legendary commentator". The Times of India. Oct 17, 2010. 
  59. ^ "Singaporeans Receive Formal Tributes From IOC". The Official Website of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 2010-08-26. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
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