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The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement, created by the International Olympic Committee in May 1975 as a successor to the Olympic Certificate previously awarded. The Olympic Order originally had three grades (gold, silver and bronze), although the bronze grade was no longer awarded after 1984. The Olympic Order is awarded to individuals for particularly distinguished contribution to the Olympic Movement. Traditionally, the chief organizer(s) of a particular Olympic Games is awarded the Olympic Order in Gold at the Games' closing ceremony.

The insignia of the Olympic Order is in the form of a collar (or chain), in gold, silver or bronze according to grade; the front of the chain features the five rings of the Olympic Movement, flanked on each side by an emblem of kotinos (olive branch).

On everyday occasions a small lapel badge, in the form of the five rings in gold, silver and bronze according to grade, may be worn instead.

Nadia Comăneci is the only athlete to be awarded the Olympic Order twice (1984, 2004). In addition, she was the youngest recipient of the award.


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