Coubertin Quote for Feb, 12
By chiseling his body through exercise as a sculptor does a statue, the ancient athlete honored the gods. In doing likewise, the modern athlete honors his country, his race, and his flag.

The Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang are reminding us once again that the honors of athletic excellence are timeless. As the Olympic spirit enshrouds the mountains of South Korea, the finest young athletes of our time repeat competitive rituals that are nearly 3000 years old--and as they do they bring honor to their countries and glory to their sports. Baron Pierre de Coubertin made that point in an article about The Philosophic Foundation of Modern Olympism, which appeared in Le Sport Suisse in 1935.

"By chiseling his body through exercise as a sculptor does a statue, the ancient athlete 'honored the gods.' In doing likewise, the modern athlete honors his country, his race, and his flag. Therefore, I believe that I was right to restore, from the very beginning of modern Olympism, a religious sentiment transformed and expanded by the internationalism and democracy that are distinguishing features of our day. Yet this is the same religious sentiment that led the young Hellenes, eager for the victory of their muscles, to the foot of the altars of Zeus."