Posted: Sep 11, 2012 12:16 PM
In an announcement Monday, the United States Olympic Committee named former UK assistant athletic director Micki King the recipient of the Olympic Torch Award.
She will be presented the award Sept. 21 at a dinner during the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs.
The Olympic Torch Award recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement and has contributed to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the U.S.
King, a retired Air Force colonel and 1972 Olympic gold medalist has been at the heart of change in the sports world as an athlete, coach, administrator and volunteer. Following her career as an Olympic diver, she became the first woman to coach a male athlete to an NCAA title in any sport. She also helped create the Athletes' Advisory Council, for which she served as the inaugural chair (1973-78). In addition, King served on the founding board of the Women's Sports Foundation, was president of USA Diving and currently is a vice president of the U.S. Olympians Association and a member of the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund. She served as an assistant AD at UK from 1992-2006 and still lives in Lexington.