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Pierre de Coubertin

1863-1937 ,  French, father of the Olympic Games
Pierre de CoubertinPierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin was a French historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee. He is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games.
Born into a French aristocratic family, he became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history.

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The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age.

Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport.

Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes.

In no way can sport be considered a luxury object.

Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law.

The important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

Winning medals wasn’t the point of the Olympics. It’s the participating that counts.

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part.

Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.


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