Coubertin Quote for Feb, 18
The Olympiads are, par excellence, celebrations of youth, beauty, and strength.

If you've been watching the events at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, you'll have no argument with Baron Pierre de Coubertin's assertion that youth, beauty and strength have taken center stage at these Games-as they always have, par excellence.

This passage is from a series of essays that Coubertin wrote for the Olympic Review to define the character and rituals of the Games. Here, he was specifically addressing the idea that the ceremonies must reflect the same youthful qualities found in the competition.

"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."

Drawn from the Modern Olympics, Chapter VI: The Ceremonies, Revue Olympique, 1910.