Olympian Michael Lenard OLY recognised for contribution to the Olympic Movement
28 | 12 | 2017
Olympian Michael Lenard OLY, former United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Vice-President and member of the 1984 USA Olympic handball team, has been recognised for his services to the Olympic Movement.
Lenard, who currently serves as Vice-President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), which manages the Swiss-based international sport tribunal, was named the Olympic Torch Award honouree at a ceremony during the 2017 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado earlier this year.
Established in 1965, the Olympic Torch Award is the USOC’s highest award and recognises an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement in the USA by promoting the Olympic Ideals. Announcing the award, the USOC said that Lenard, propelled by his passion for sport and fairness, has been a champion and advocate for athletes, safeguarding and promoting their interests through his decades of work in the Olympic Movement.
Since competing at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, Lenard has dedicated his career to helping ensure that the interests of athletes are always protected, serving in numerous positions within the USOC, including as a member and then Vice-Chair of the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Committee, as the USOC Vice-President and overseeing the USOC’s groundbreaking Athlete Performance Group. In 1994, he joined ICAS and continues to effect change at every level of the Olympic Movement.