List of recipients of the 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, ie. recognition of efforts worth of merit in the cause of sport. It was established in May 1975 by the International Olympic Committee as a successor to the Olympic Certificate. The Olympic Order originally had three grades (gold, silver and bronze), although the bronze grade fell dormant in 1984. Traditionally, the IOC bestows the Olympic Order upon the chief national organiser(s) at the closing ceremony of each respective 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.


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


  • Albert Scharf (at the IOC headquarters, Lausanne, January 8, 2001)[47]
  • Enrique Sanz (at the IOC headquarters, Lausanne, June 8, 2001)[48]

Sports executives, at the 12th IOC Session, Moscow, July 12, 2001:[49]

Athletes, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, July 21, 2001:[50]

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: [51] ("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[52]
  2. Indira Gandhi[53]
  3. Jasdev Singh [54][55]

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)[56]

British recipients

  1. Sebastian Coe (Gold)
  2. Paul Deighton (Gold)
  3. Doug Arnot (Silver)
  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


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