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Johann Koss

President and CEO of Right To Play International & Former Speedskater

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Johann Koss Biography

Johann Koss is one of the greatest winter athletes of all time. The four‐time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating made world headlines when he won three Gold Medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in the 1,500‐, 5,000‐ and 10,000‐metre events. Over the course of his career, he broke a total of 10 world records, won three World All‐round Championships, and won numerous World Cups and National Championships.

Johann’s achievements on the ice have since been eclipsed by his efforts on behalf of Right To Play, an athlete‐driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Johann first became involved with Right To Play (then known as Olympic Aid) in 1993 when he visited the African country of Eritrea. He was profoundly moved by ! the plight of the children. At Lillehammer, Johann donated the prize money from his 1500m victory to Olympic Aid and challenged other athletes to do the same.

Since Lillehammer, Johann has dedicated himself to growing Right To Play into an internationally recognized non‐government organization (NGO) and a leader in Sport for Development. Sport for Development uses sport and play to enhance the healthy physical and psycho‐social development of children and build stronger communities. Today, Right To Play develops and implements child and community development programs in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, working with the UN and other agencies, including UNICEF, UNHCR, GAVI and WHO.

Outside his role as President and CEO of Right To Play, Johann is active in a number of sport and Olympic causes. In 1997, Johann was appointed Chairman of the Norwegian Government Forum against Drugs and Doping. He is also on the board of an organization called “MOT” (Courage) that mobilizes Norwegian athletes in the fight against drugs and doping. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission from 1998 to 2002 and was on the Medical Commission and the executive board of the IOC 2000 Commission handling issues of reform. He also served as a founding board and executive board member of the World Anti‐Doping Agency (2000 to 2002) where he initiated the Athlete anti‐doping passport. In 1994, Johann was appointed Special Representative for Sport for UNICEF International.

The people of Norway awarded Johann the distinction of “Best Norwegian Olympian Ever” in 1994 and he received the Norwegian Olympic Committee’s highest award – The Fearnleys Honorary Award. Johann is also a recipient of numerous international awards including Spor!tsman of the Year by USA Sports Illustrated, the Jesse Owens Award, the International Athletic Foundation Award in Los Angeles, and the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Johann was given the Child Survival Award in 1996 by the Carter Center in Atlanta and, later that year during the celebration of UNICEF’s 50th anniversary, he was given UNICEF’s Honorary Award.

Johann was declared “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine and “One of 1,000 Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum. Johann completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and recently completed his executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In June 2005, Johann received a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from Brock University, and in 2009 he received a second Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from the University of Calgary. In January 2006, the World Economic Forum named Johann a Young Global Leader.

Right To Play’s International Headquarters are in Toronto, Canada, with National Offices in Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Johann Koss Biography

Johann Koss is one of the greatest winter athletes of all time. The four‐time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating made world headlines when he won three Gold Medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in the 1,500‐, 5,000‐ and 10,000‐metre events. Over the course of his career, he broke a total of 10 world records, won three World All‐round Championships, and won numerous World Cups and National Championships.

Johann’s achievements on the ice have since been eclipsed by his efforts on behalf of Right To Play, an athlete‐driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Johann first became involved with Right To Play (then known as Olympic Aid) in 1993 when he visited the African country of Eritrea. He was profoundly moved by ! the plight of the children. At Lillehammer, Johann donated the prize money from his 1500m victory to Olympic Aid and challenged other athletes to do the same.

Since Lillehammer, Johann has dedicated himself to growing Right To Play into an internationally recognized non‐government organization (NGO) and a leader in Sport for Development. Sport for Development uses sport and play to enhance the healthy physical and psycho‐social development of children and build stronger communities. Today, Right To Play develops and implements child and community development programs in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, working with the UN and other agencies, including UNICEF, UNHCR, GAVI and WHO.

Outside his role as President and CEO of Right To Play, Johann is active in a number of sport and Olympic causes. In 1997, Johann was appointed Chairman of the Norwegian Government Forum against Drugs and Doping. He is also on the board of an organization called “MOT” (Courage) that mobilizes Norwegian athletes in the fight against drugs and doping. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission from 1998 to 2002 and was on the Medical Commission and the executive board of the IOC 2000 Commission handling issues of reform. He also served as a founding board and executive board member of the World Anti‐Doping Agency (2000 to 2002) where he initiated the Athlete anti‐doping passport. In 1994, Johann was appointed Special Representative for Sport for UNICEF International.

The people of Norway awarded Johann the distinction of “Best Norwegian Olympian Ever” in 1994 and he received the Norwegian Olympic Committee’s highest award – The Fearnleys Honorary Award. Johann is also a recipient of numerous international awards including Spor!tsman of the Year by USA Sports Illustrated, the Jesse Owens Award, the International Athletic Foundation Award in Los Angeles, and the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Johann was given the Child Survival Award in 1996 by the Carter Center in Atlanta and, later that year during the celebration of UNICEF’s 50th anniversary, he was given UNICEF’s Honorary Award.

Johann was declared “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine and “One of 1,000 Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum. Johann completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and recently completed his executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In June 2005, Johann received a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from Brock University, and in 2009 he received a second Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from the University of Calgary. In January 2006, the World Economic Forum named Johann a Young Global Leader.

Right To Play’s International Headquarters are in Toronto, Canada, with National Offices in Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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  • The power of play: Johann Koss at TEDxLakeGeneva - YouTube

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  • How to book Johann Koss?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Johann Koss for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Johann Koss, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Johann Koss or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Johann Koss?

    Booking fees for Johann Koss, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Johann Koss, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Johann Koss?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Johann Koss for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Johann Koss for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Johann Koss or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Johann Koss or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Johann Koss is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Johann Koss for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Johann Koss generally travels from Canada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Magic Johnson, Stuart A. Sands, Heath Calhoun, Stephen Birchak and Dyana Valentine. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Johann Koss for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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