An opportunity for students to thank someone important to their success

As the Thanksgiving season nears, a time to show special appreciation to important people in our lives, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum encourages the Colorado Springs community to show extra gratitude to those in their lives.

The Order of Ikkos was created by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in 2008. It is presented by Team USA medal-winning athletes to a coach, mentor or other individual who has been instrumental in their success. The Order of Ikkos, named after the first recorded coach in Ancient Greece, is designed to reflect the Olympic and Paralympic Games for that year.

Olympic and Paralympic athletes spend years training, but they are not doing it alone. Coaches, trainers, fellow athletes, family and more are by their side every step of the way. The Order of Ikkos gives athletes the opportunity to recognize people who have supported their journey to the Games.

During this holiday season, the Museum has created an origami Order of Ikkos for students to fold and create their own Order of Ikkos medal to dedicate to an influential person in their lives.

Click here to download instructions to make your own Order of Ikkos medal. A regular sheet of paper cut into a square can be used or download, print and cut this template.

Upon completion, students can show these medals with their Order of Ikkos recipients and then present the medal at the Museum for a 20 percent discount on their entire family’s admission on Friday, November 27! The Museum also hopes to see a picture of each student and their media on social media.

If you have any questions or are interested in having a Team USA athlete speak to your class about this initiative, please email [email protected].

Here is a full list of Team USA Order of Ikkos recipients.

Coach Jae Su Chun works on the ice with Team USA speedskaters at Vancouver 2010.
Coach Jae Su Chun was presented the Order of Ikkos by Apolo Anton Ohno at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Photo courtesy IOC.
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