Prince Albert II of Monaco (right) receives the International Honorary Doctorate from Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently at the Peace and Sport International Forum in the Principality of Monaco.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco received the United States Sports Academy’s International Honorary Doctorate in a presentation by Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.
Prince Albert received the doctorate for his commitment to the Olympic Movement as both a competitor and leader. As the ruler of the Principality of Monaco since 2005, Albert is the only Head of State who is a five-time Olympian and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.
Albert received the honor from Dr. Rosandich at the fifth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Principality of Monaco. Two heads of state, Albert and Hungary President Pál Schmitt, received Academy honors on the same day. Albert and Schmitt, who won the 2011 Eagle Award, are both former Olympians and both continue to contribute greatly to the Olympic Movement.
Albert, who graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College in Massachusetts, steered the two-man and four-man bobsled in Winter Olympics between Calgary in 1988 and Salt Lake City in 2002.
He also has been an active IOC member since 1985, serving on several committees, including the cultural, marketing and nominations committees. Albert, who holds voting rights on Olympic venues, has also served on the Coordination Committees for the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and Turin, Italy, in 2006. He has served as president of the Monaco National Olympic Committee (NOC) since 1994.
“The arrangements were outstanding for the presentation of the Honorary Doctorate, which was made in recognition of Prince Albert’s outstanding contributions to sport as a high school athlete, a college athlete, as an Olympian, and of course as a member of the Olympic Executive Committee,” Dr. Rosandich says. “His most recent contribution being recognized, of course, was the outstanding effort put forth in staging the Peace and Sport Forum, which was most impressive.”
Schmitt received the Eagle Award, the Academy’s highest international honor which 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. The 69-year-old Schmitt devoted nearly 25 years to the Olympics during his career and earned two team épée gold medals in 1968 in Mexico and 1972 in Munich for the Hungarian National Fencing Team.
Schmitt, who earned election in August 2010 as Hungary’s president, served the IOC as its Chief of Protocol and presided over the World Olympians Association between 1999 and 2007. Elected as an IOC member in 1983, he served as vice-president of the IOC from 1995 until 1999. He was a candidate for the IOC Presidency in 2001 and finished fourth. In Hungary after the end of Communism in 1990, he became president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.