Order of Ikkos Medals Awarded to 3 Coaches of USA Olympic Dressage Team
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Feb. 25, 2017
The three coaches of the United States Olympic dressage team have been awarded Order of Ikkos medals in recognition of what the U.S. Olympic Committee describes as a “symbol of excellence” in coaching the team to the podium. The medals were the first for dressage.
Two of the medals were awarded to Debbie McDonald as the coach of Laura Graves on Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, one to Michael Barisone as the coach of Allison Brock on Rosevelt and one to Robert Dover as the coach of Steffen Peters on Legolas.
The U.S. team won bronze at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer, the first American dressage team to medal since Athens in 2004.
The USOC created the Order of Ikkos before the 2008 Olympics with a medal for coaches as “a symbol of excellence in coaching as represented by athletes’ achievement as an Olympic or Paralympic medalist.”
The International Olympic Committee does not recognize coaches for medal-winning performances.
“The USOC’s Order of Ikkos medal allows for each U.S. Olympic or Paralympic medalist to acknowledge one coach for their leadership in achieving world-class success,” as described by the USOC. “Each medal is uniquely handcrafted to reflect the Olympic and Paralympic Games for that year.”
The Order of Ikkos medal was inspired by Ikkos–the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece who was renowned for his coaching ability after leading two Tarentine athletes to gold medals in pentathlon.