Le Baron Pierre De Coubertin

- Dec 07, 2017 -

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I believe when you see this news headline, you already know who I am talking about.

That's right, Pierre De Coubertin,The father of the Olympic Games

Since his childhood, Mr. Pierre De Coubertin, our honored the father of the Olympic Games, has had a great interest in sports and enjoys boxing, boating, fencing and horse riding. In the student age, he had a strong interest in literature and history courses, and interestingly involved in the splendid culture of ancient Greece. This is because he admires the erudite rhetoric teacher Caron.

The spark that sparked Pierre De Coubertin's commitment to physical education was a famous saying by 18th-century British children's educator Tom Arnold: Exercise is an activity of youth self-education.

In the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he was deeply saddened by French defeat and hoped to rejuvenate France by reforming education and enhancing people's physique.

From 1875 to 1881, the site of the ruined, immortal ancient Olympic site was continuously excavated with the efforts of European archaeologists, and the results of the excavations were promptly published every year. As a result, Mr. Coubertin, like all other interested parties in Olympia, listened promptly to the announcement. In this regard, he proposed a very valuable mining plan. At that time he wrote: "The Germans unearthed the ruins of Olympia, but why France can not begin to restore her ancient glorious history?" In 1890, he finally had the opportunity to visit Greece's Mount Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Movement. When he saw the site of the ancient Olympic Games, he felt very mixed with the idea of hosting the Olympic Games attended by various countries in order to promote friendship among athletes from all over the world. And he believes that to promote the ancient Olympic spirit can promote the development of international sports.

On December 25, 1892, Mr. Pierre De Coubertin delivered a speech in which he first proposed the "Revival of the Olympic Movement."

After many years of hard work and careful preparations by Mr. Coubertin and his colleagues, the "Resumption of the Olympic Games Congress" took place in Paris from June 18 to 18, 1894. In order to organize the modern Olympic Games, the Olympic Games has also been formally established as a permanent leading body - the International Olympic Committee. Zevkálas, a famous Greek poet, was elected as the first president and Mr. Coubertin was elected as the secretary general. The meeting also decided that the first modern Olympic Games in April 1896 in Greece. After the ancient Olympic Games by tradition, held once every 4 years.

In October 1894, Mr. Coubertin again conducted a field visit to the Olympia area. In order to save money and convenient transportation, he canceled his intention to hold a sports meeting in Olympia and decided to hold the first Olympic Games in modern Greece in the style of a new Olympic stadium in Athens that can accommodate 5,000 spectators. After Mr. Coubertin's multifaceted efforts and active efforts, the first Olympic Games was successfully held in Athens on April 5, 1896, with the support of Greek businessman George Avilov.

Since then, Mr. Coubertin devoted himself to the modern Olympics.

To defend the purity of the Olympic spirit, in 1912, Mr. Coubertin published his famous "Ode to Sports" during the Stockholm Olympics. Enthusiastic singing of sports, express his Olympic ideal. To this end, he won the Olympic gold medal literary arts competition.

In 1913, Mr. Coubertin carefully designed the flag for the International Olympic Committee, which was surrounded by five colored rings of blue, black, red, yellow and green in the middle to form a white boundless flag. It symbolizes the unity of the five continents and the world's athletes meet at the Olympic Games in a fair, frank and friendly manner.

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He also advocated the release of the Olympic flame, the establishment of the Olympic Cup and so on. In determining the slogan of the Olympic Games, Mr. Coubertin initially felt that the competition should be guided by the slogan "Unity, Friendship and Peace." Later, one of his friends, Father Dendi, put forward the slogan "Faster, Higher, Stronger" and was appraised by Mr. Coubertin as a manifestation of the great spirit of mankind always going up and going forward. He later recommended it as International Olympic Games slogan.

In addition, Mr. Coubertin also pioneered the field of sports psychology. He published masterpieces such as "Psychomotor Theory" (1913) and "Athletics Education" (1919). He also published his opinions on sports classification and made his contribution to sports academic research.

From 1896 to 1925, Mr Coubertin served as president of the International Olympic Committee. Responsible for the organization's leadership. During his tenure, the number of members of the International Olympic Committee has grown from 14 to 40. At the same time, with his support, has set up more than 20 international special sports federation. In 1924, due to his advanced age, he voluntarily resigned as chairman of the IOC for 28 years. However, he was hired for a lifetime as an honorary chairman.

On September 2, 1937, Le baron Pierre De Coubertin died of a heart attack in Lausanne at the age of 74 years. Following his last wishes, his remains were buried in Lausanne, Switzerland, while his heart was buried in Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Greek Olympics. He hoped that even if he had long been buried in the ground, but his heart still beating with the pulse of the Olympic movement.

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