Pierre de Coubertin medal

sports award

The Pierre de Coubertin medal, also known as the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal, is a special honor awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It recognizes to those who demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship in the Olympic Games.

The medal was first awarded in 1964.[1] Its name recalls Pierre de Coubertin who was the leader of those who established the modern Olympics.

Select recipientsEdit

Athlete Country Event Date Place
Luz Long[2]   Germany 1936 Summer Olympics 1964 (Awarded posthumously) Berlin, Germany
Emil Zátopek   Czechoslovakia 1952 Summer Olympics December 6, 2000 (Awarded posthumously) Helsinki, Finland
Eugenio Monti[2]   Italy 1964 Winter Olympics 1964 Innsbruck, Austria
Karl Heinz Klee   Austria 1976 Winter Olympics February 1977 Innsbruck, Austria
Franz Jonas   Austria - July 1969 -
Lawrence Lemieux   Canada 1988 Summer Olympics September 1988 Seoul, South Korea
Raymond Gafner    Switzerland - 1999 -
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
Petar Cupać   Croatia 2008 Summer Olympics November 18, 2008 Beijing, China
Ivan Bulaja   Croatia 2008 Summer Olympics November 18, 2008 Beijing, China
Pavle Kostov   Croatia 2008 Summer Olympics November 18, 2008 Beijing, China
Ronald Harvey[3]   Australia 2009


  1. Scrivenber, Peter. "Olympic countdown - 64 - Olympic spirit," BBC-Sport (UK). 5 June 2008; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Murray, Scott. "The Joy of Six: Sportsmanship,"] The Guardian (UK). 10 Ferury 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  3. Australian Sports Commission, "Former ASC CEO Ron Harvey awarded Australia’s first De Coubertin medal," 2 April 2009; retrieved 2012-8-3.