Olympic Games: Gold medals in 2004 and 2008, silver medals in 2004 and 2008 (3), bronze medal in 2004


Founder of Kirsty Coventry Academy (2015)


Bachelor of Human Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Business, Auburn University (USA)


Elected to the IOC AC
Why did I want to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission?

I wanted to be part of the IOC Athletes’ Commission to make sure that athletes from all walks of life are represented fairly. I understand the daily struggles and hard work that goes into being a successful athlete and wanted the chance to use my experience to help others achieve their goals.

In addition to being on the IOC Athletes’ Commission, I am a member of the WADA Foundation Board, WADA Athlete Committee, FINA Athletes’ Commission, ANOCA Athletes’ Commission and Vice-President of my NOC. I am passionate about representing athletes at all levels in the Olympic Movement.

What do the Olympic Games mean to me?

The medals represent all the hard work and sacrifices coming together, and it is just such an honour to represent your country on the international stage. I was so fortunate because I got to see how me doing well, in a sport that I loved and enjoyed, impacted people back home and how it brought them together. That was something very special – to see the power and effects that sport can have.

I have achieved enormous goals in the sporting world. The Olympic Games have helped me do this and provided me with the platform on which to do this.


Sydney 2000
Athens 2004
Beijing 2008
London 2012
Rio 2016



Role in the AC

As the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, I aim to set the focus for our Commission. It is an honour to lead the representation of athletes and to be a member of the IOC Executive Board on behalf of athletes. I am passionate about supporting athletes with their career transition after retiring. I also support the development of the worldwide network of Athletes’ Commissions by helping them to become as effective as possible.


Additional roles in the IOC
  • Member of the IOC Executive Board
  • Member (2014-2018), then Chair of the Athletes’ Commission
  • Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026
  • Member of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020
  • Member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission
  • IOC representative on the WADA Foundation Board
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