Olympic legend Sebastian Coe – now The Lord Coe CH KBE – is a name that is forever linked with the very best in British athletics. An incredibly accomplished and in-demand Olympic speaker, he was also instrumental in the highly successful 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympics.
Coe will go down in British athletics history forever and is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest ever middle-distance runner. He competed in both the 800m and 1500m and won numerous gold medals. He won two Olympic gold medals with both coming in the 1500m event. He won his first gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, Coe also won a silver in the same Games in the 800m event. Four years later and he won the same two medals in the same two events, showcasing his dominance of the middle-distance events. Alongside his Olympic medals, Coe also won a gold at the 1981 World Cup in Rome and European Athletics Championships in 1986, both of these were in the 800m. A very versatile athlete, Coe often discusses the importance of adaptability and achieving goals.
Among the key positions that Coe has held in the sport are chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (from 2005 to 2013), chairman of the British Olympic Association, executive chairman of CSM Sports and Entertainment, Ambassador of The London 2012 Olympic Legacy, vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and pro-chancellor of Loughborough University.
The highly popular Olympic speaker has also been the Tory MP for Falmouth & Camborne between 1992 and 1997 – holding the position of Assistant Whip at the Treasury for a year – been a member of the National Heritage and Employment Committees, and been given the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. Coe has also been appointed as a member of the Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Not many athletes have built a legacy like Coe, he has improved British athletics astronomically and continues to strive for improvement. Having spent the majority of his career under the spotlight, Coe often talks about dealing with pressure and being under the spotlight, two topics he feels many athletes struggle with during their career.
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When speaking at events, Coe is known to discuss topics such as:
- Olympic Games
- Being an Ambassador
- Peak Performance
- Being Under the Spotlight
- Building a Legacy
- Sporting Success
- Dealing with Pressure
Over the course of his illustrious career, Coe has earned the following achievements:
- Two gold medals at the Olympic Games
- One gold medal at the European Athletics Championships
- One gold medal at the World Cup