Olympians Who Received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom (9)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Arthur Ashe USA 1993 Awarded by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Cassius Clay USA BOX 1960 Awarded by President George W. Bush in 2005.
Pat Head USA BAS/Coach 1976—1984 Awarded by President Barack Obama in 2012.
Michael Jordan USA BAS 1984—1992 Awarded by President Barack Obama in 2016.
Jesse Owens USA ATH 1936—1976 Awarded by President Gerald Ford in 1976.
Bill Russell USA BAS 1956 Awarded by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Jim Ryun USA ATH 1964—1972 Awarded by President Donald Trump in 2020.
Dean Smith USA BAS/Coach 1976 Awarded by President Barack Obama in 2013.
Jerry West USA BAS 1960 Awarded by President Donald Trump in 2019.