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Who is the Father of the modern Olympics?

Why, it is Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Thanks to him, today, the world is able to enjoy the modern Olympics, a spectacular athletic unification!

Father of the Modern Olympics
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Baron Pierre de Coubertin

On New Years Day of 1863 in Paris, a great French educator was born by the name of Pierre Coubertin. His aristocratic parents planned out promising careers in various fields, but he refused to follow any of them. Instead he wanted to pursue a liberal arts education at the Free School of Political Science in Paris. Pierre wanted to bring back Frances dignified spirit by ameliorating its passť and mundane education system because he thought that the key to the future of society was education. Today, Baron Pierre de Coubertin is considered to be the Father of the Modern Olympics because he revived the Olympics in the late 1890s.

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Baron Pierre de Coubertin at a young age.

If he had not done so, we would not be able to enjoy the amazing sport spectacular, along with its symbols. Being an extremely active sportsman, he believed that sports were vital for the mental and physical development of young people and that it was the catalyst for moral energy. He also thought that an international sporting competition would help unite the people of different countries. At the age of thirty-one, his idea of reviving the Olympics was not widely accepted. His idea was later accepted in 1894, so he formed the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were established in Athens. Pierre was elected to become the second IOC president and established the majority of the modern Olympic symbols. While in a park in Geneva, Pierre Coubertin suddenly died of a heart attack on September 2, 1937. He was buried in Lausanne, Switzerland and his heart was placed inside a stele at Olympia, according to his last desires. He extolled to others the virtues associated with the practice of sport through the formation of the Olympic ceremonies, symbols, and traditions. His passion for sports, worldwide unification, peace, and education created the modern Olympic Games.

 

"Exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."

-Olympism Philosophy