Coubertin Quote for Feb, 07
Sports are a school for daring, energy, and persevering will. By their very nature, they tend toward excess.Share
Ninety-four years ago, the first Winter Olympic Games in history were drawing to a conclusion in Chamonix, France. Baron Pierre de Coubertin and his colleagues on the IOC were delighted with the results. In a speech at the Closing Ceremony, Coubertin expressed his “admiration and gratitude” to his hosts for “the degree of technical perfection at this first Olympic tournament of Winter Sports.” Lauding the athletic brilliance and the daring displayed, he went on to say “Among the many spectators who attended the competitions over the past few days, there are many who have seen for the first time exercises whose beauty they did not even begin to imagine … Sports are a school for daring, energy, and persevering will. By their very nature, they tend toward excess.”
No doubt people attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games over the next two weeks will be awestruck by the daring feats on snow and ice and filled with admiration for the Olympians who once again stretch the boundaries of human performance.