Profile of the Day: Pierre de Coubertin
Today is the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony! Are you excited to watch the celebration? In honor of the official opening of the Games, we’re highlighting Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern-day Olympics. In 1894, Coubertin created the International Olympic Committee, which has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement.
During the late 19th century, Coubertin’s advocacy for the Games centered on a number of ideals about sport. Coubertin saw value in encouraging competition among amateur athletes and believed that an international athletic competition would promote understanding across cultures. He saw the Games as important in advocating his philosophical ideal for athletic competition:
The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
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