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Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics
Sebastian Coe, Former English athlete and politician, delivers remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics on July 27, 2012 in Stafford, London. The show, created by Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, celebrates England's history through the use of it's pop-culture and history. UPI/Pat Benic
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Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE (born 29 September 1956), often known by his nickname Seb Coe, is a British former athlete and politician. A middle distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events (and also participated in a world record relay). His rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.

Following his retirement from athletics he served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992–97, and became a life peer in 2000. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, after the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to London, became the 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.

Coe was born in west London the son of Peter Coe and Tina Angela Coe and was brought up in Sheffield attending Tapton and Abbeydale Grange schools. He joined athletics team Hallamshire Harriers at the age of 12, and quickly became a middle-distance specialist. He is probably better remembered as representing Loughborough University and later Haringey when not competing for his country.

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