political skills, his strategic know-how and a true passion for sport, Lord Coe
won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics in London. Seven years later the Prime
Minister thanked him for “lifting our hearts” after organising the most
successful Games of modern times.
Seb ?rst made
his name as one of the greatest athletes of his generation. He set twelve world
records over four distances, achieving four golds and three silver medals in
the Olympics and European Championships. He tells the story in his
autobiography, Running My Life. Talking about the setbacks as well as
victories, he shows how he beat the competition by facing down everything in
training: “You don’t become a champion by turning up and hoping to get lucky.”
In speeches Seb
takes audiences from his own on-track rivalries to the lessons learned from
London -overseeing an enormous infrastructure and logistical exercise in one of
the world's great cities. He highlights the need to build a resilient and
dependable team, from a variety of backgrounds; to be seen to deliver on your
vision (even while under constant scrutiny); and to communicate pre-emptively
and leave nothing to chance. Above all, he underlines the age-old proposition
that no amount of theorizing replaces ‘the genius of hard work.’
Before he took on
the Olympic role Seb served as a Member of Parliament, a Government Whip and Private
Secretary to William Hague - which gives rise to numerous anecdotes. He also
set up a chain of health clubs and acted as a global advisor to Nike.
Seb was honoured
with a Life Peerage in 2002, becoming Lord Coe of Ranmore. He has since been appointed
a KBE, and named ‘Greatest Briton’ in the Morgan Stanley Awards. He remains
Vice President of the IAAF, and secured the 2017 World Athletics Championships
for London. In this case it is only the third largest sporting event on
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