Sebastian Coe

Olympic Person of the Month September 2021

Each month, the European Olympic Academies selects an important, inspiring figure who embodies the Olympic Values.

Sebastian Coe is one of the most decorated and acclaimed athletes in Olympic history.

The British middle-distance runner won four Olympic medals, including back-to-back 1,500m gold in Moscow and LA in the 1980s, plus two Olympic silver medals.

Lord Coe is currently President of World Athletics and has enjoyed an immensely successful career since retiring from athletic competition, where he set numerous world and European records on the track.

He spearheaded his country’s successful bid to host the Olympic Games a decade ago, acting as chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Games.

Lord Coe is one of the most recognisable faces within the Olympic Movement, with his achievements on and off the track acting as inspiration for lovers of sport across the globe.

His accomplishments, high standards, enthusiasm and dedication encapsulate so many of the integral values which have shaped the Olympic philosophy for decades.

Lord Coe is an Olympic champion who embodies what it means to be a successful athlete and role model.

He is the European Olympic Academies’ inaugural “Olympic Person of the Month.”

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