We all have heard about the three primary medals awarded during Olympics, but how many of us know about the 4th medal that is actually a bigger deal than winning a gold medal?
In fact, you can’t even win it, you have to earn it. For earning this fourth medal called Pierre de Coubertin medal, you just don’t have to be really good at your sport but also be on top of your sportsman spirit. So, yes, you can say that it is a much bigger deal than a gold medal.
Here’s some facts you should know about this rare fourth medal:
It’s only given to athletes who qualify the standards of good sportsmanship.
This medal is also called as True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal and the Olympics committee only decides to give away this medal when an athlete shows an exemplary instance of true sportsmanship.
In this year’s Rio Olympics 2016 , Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino were considered for this medal for showing true sportsmanship by helping each other get past the finish line after a collision.
Unlike other medals, it can be given posthumously too.
The primary medals i.e. gold, silver and bronze are given to athletes who’ve won the competitions. But this medal can be awarded to any athlete who’ve shown the true spirit of sportsmanship and contributed towards Olympics spirit.
It’s not given out every Olympic year, but only when someone deserves it.
This medal is not awarded every Olympic year, it’s only given out when the Olympics committee think someone has earned it.
It is named after the founder of modern Olympics
The medal was created to honour Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin who’s a french educator, a historian, and the founder of International Olympics committee.
It’s only given 17 times till now
The importance of the medal can be gauged by the fact that it is only given 17 times before the Rio Olympics 2016.
After all, Olympics is not only about bagging medals, it’s also about the true sportsmanship which is the real spirit of Olympics.
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