The Olympic Torch Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to the U.S. Olympic Movement.

Now an annual honor, the award was first established in 1965. The recipient has made a positive impact on the Olympic Movement in the United States and has made many contributions to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the country.

Criteria

  • Honors an individual
  • Recognizes meaningful impact on U.S. Olympic Movement
  • Does not need to be awarded in same year of contributions

Recipients

1965     Avery Brundage, USOC President (1928-53)
1966     Kenneth L. Wilson, USOC President (1953-65)
1966     Asa S. Bushnell, USOC Officer
1966     R. Max Ritter, USOC Officer
1969     Douglas F. Roby, USOC President (1965-69)
1969     T. Nelson Metcalf, USOC Executive Board
1973     Clifford H. Buck, USOC President (1970-73)
1974     William E. Simon, USOC President (1981-85)
1977     Gerald Ford, U.S. President
1977     Philip O. Krumm, USOC President (1973-77)
1981     Robert J. Kane, USOC President (1977-81)
1985     Col. F. Don Miller, USOC Executive Director (1973-85)
1989     Edward J. Derwinski, Secretary-designate of Veterans Affairs
1990     Baaron Pittenger, USOC Executive Director
1996     Bonnie Blair, U.S. Olympic speedskating champion (1988, '92, '94)
2000     Bud Greenspan, Olympic filmmaker
2000     Dr. Evie G. Dennis, USOC Officer
2010     George E. Killian, USOC Board of Directors (1967-2003)
2011     Christy Halbert, Boxing Coach
2012     Micki King, vice president of the U.S. Olympians Association
2013     Dr. Evie Dennis, former vice prsident of the USOC and Amateur Athletic Union