Sebastian Coe, the face of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games as the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Eagle Award.
Coe was presented the Eagle Award by Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at the International Olympic Committee’s 8th World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education on Nov. 25 in Amsterdam.
Coe has a longtime commitment to the Olympic Movement and oversaw what is widely heralded as one of the best staged Olympic Games in recent history, leading him to receive the award. It is the Academy’s highest international honor and annually goes to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.
Coe has said that London 2012 is not only about five weeks of summer sport but about encouraging more people to take up sport at all levels of competition.
He competed as a middle distance runner for Great Britain and is considered among the nation’s top Olympians. Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1,500 meters gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events and also participated in a world record relay. In 2012, he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame
Following his retirement from athletics, Coe served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party for five years from 1992–1997, and became a life peer in 2000. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the games to London, became the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.
In addition in 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations and last year was re-elected for another four year term.