Coubertin Quote for Feb, 16
Sports need championships and records; it is the beautiful and loyal brutality of sports that make people strong and healthy.

As the first Olympic Winter Games drew to a close in Chamonix, France on February 5, 1924, Baron Pierre de Coubertin reflected on the records that were set, the new champions crowned, and how their examples would inspire others to push for even greater achievements in the future, getting stronger and healthier in the process. In his final remarks, he also acknowledged the harsh realities of failure in "the beautiful and loyal brutality of sport." As we have seen in Pyeongchang--and at every Olympics past--the quest for new heights of human performance always ends with a severe finality for those who fall just short of podium.