Coubertin Quote for Feb, 10
The Olympic Games are a pilgrimage to the past and an act of faith in the future.Share
Last night, as the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games moved through its rituals, it was clear that we were celebrating both grand traditions and hopes and dreams, the ancient rites of fire and the athletic feats to come. We were transported to the legends of the past and stirred with aniticipation for the future. This quote is a paraphrase from an article Baron Pierre de Coubertin wrote for the Olympic Review about "The Ceremonies" in 1910.
"At Olympia, people gathered both to make a pilgrimage to the past and an act of faith in the future. This is certainly something that would be suitable for modern Olympiads, as well. It is their role and destiny to unite what was and what is to come in the fleeting moment. The Olympiads are, par excellence, celebrations of youth, beauty, and strength. Therefore we must try to discover the secret of the ceremonies to be inaugurated along these same lines."