July 5, 2022
Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (better known as Pierre (Baron) de Coubertin) (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French historian and educator who had the social network to draw inspiration from the small-scale Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games to be translated into the modern Olympics. He was also the second president and secretary general of the International Olympic Committee. He started the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. After 1897, the Olympic Games are held every four years. A quote often associated with Pierre de Coubertin is "Participating is more important than winning". However, this is not his statement. He did, however, adopt a statement from the Bishop of Pennsylvania in 1908. This one reads The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle, the essential is not to have won but to have fought well.L'important dans la vie ce n'est point le triomphe, mais le combat, l'essentiel ce n'est pas d'avoir vaincu mais de s'être bien battu. “Participating is more important than winning” is in all likelihood a popularized summary of Baron de Coubertin's original quote. At his insistence, art competitions were also included in the program of the 1912 Summer Olympics. Coubertin himself, under the pseudonyms Georges Hohrod and M. Eschbach, won a gold medal at the 1912 Olympic Games in the literature section. This competition was on the program up to and including the 1948 Games. He studied at the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris.