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A English middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medal and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events. Following Coe's retirement from athletics, he was a Member of Parliament and became a Life Peer. He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. In 2012, Coe was appointed Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University where he had been an undergraduate, and is also a member of the University’s governing body. In November 2012 he was also appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association. In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame. Coe was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2012.
An American professional tennis player who has ranked as World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She is the only female player to have won over $50 million in prize money. Her record of 32 Major titles puts her seventh on the all-time list. The arrival of Venus and Serena Williams has been credited with launching a new era of power and athleticism in women's tennis. Williams has won four Olympic gold medals. Williams has a line of clothing with Nike worth US$40 million and has started her own line of designer apparel. Williams has appeared on television and in music videos. Williams became the first active female professional athlete to appear in a feminine hygiene product advertising campaign for Procter & Gamble. Serena and her sister Venus Williams are part-owners of the Miami Dolphins. Their addition to the ownership team embraces diversity that makes South Florida a multicultural gem. In 2008 Williams helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. Williams has also been involved in a number of clinics at schools and community centers, particularly those which have programs focusing on at-risk youth.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand [and creates] hope where once there was only despair.”