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Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (born Pierre de Frédy; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937, also known as Pierre de Coubertin and Baron de Coubertin) was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President.wikipedia
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International Olympic Committee

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Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (born Pierre de Frédy; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937, also known as Pierre de Coubertin and Baron de Coubertin) was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President. The Pierre de Coubertin medal (also known as the Coubertin medal or the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal) is an award given by the International Olympic Committee to athletes who demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship in the Olympic Games.
Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Olympic Games.

Olympic Games

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He is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games.
Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896.

President of the International Olympic Committee

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Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (born Pierre de Frédy; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937, also known as Pierre de Coubertin and Baron de Coubertin) was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President.
The Baron de Coubertin had already attempted to restart the Olympic Games at the congress for the fifth anniversary of the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques in 1892.

Pierre de Coubertin medal

The Pierre de Coubertin medal (also known as the Coubertin medal or the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal) is an award given by the International Olympic Committee to athletes who demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship in the Olympic Games.
The medal was inaugurated in 1964 and named in honour of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee.

Stade Français

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He was the referee of the first ever French championship rugby union final on 20 March 1892, between Racing Club de France and Stade Français.
The game was refereed by Pierre de Coubertin and saw Racing win 4–3.

Thomas Arnold

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In 1883, he visited England for the first time, and studied the program of physical education instituted by Thomas Arnold at the Rugby School.
However, this did not prevent Baron de Coubertin from considering him the father of the organized sport he admired when he visited English public schools, including Rugby in 1886.

1892 French Rugby Union Championship

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He was the referee of the first ever French championship rugby union final on 20 March 1892, between Racing Club de France and Stade Français.
The game was refereed by Pierre de Coubertin and saw Racing win 4–3.

1896 Summer Olympics

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There, the philanthropist cousins Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas had used their wealth to fund Olympics within Greece, and paid for the restoration of the Panathinaiko Stadium that was later used during the 1896 Summer Olympics. They also set the date and location for the first modern Olympic Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the second, the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which had been created by Pierre de Coubertin, it was held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896.

William Penny Brookes

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Thomas Arnold, the Head Master of Rugby School, was an important influence on Coubertin's thoughts about education, but his meetings with William Penny Brookes also influenced his thinking about athletic competition to some extent.
His lifelong campaign to get Physical Education on the school curriculum brought him into contact with Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

1900 Summer Olympics

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They also set the date and location for the first modern Olympic Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the second, the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
At the Sorbonne conference of 1894, Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympic Games should take place in 1900 in Paris.

Demetrius Vikelas

A Greek participant, Demetrius Vikelas, was appointed to head the commission on the Olympics, and would later become the first President of the International Olympic Committee.
Because of his reputation and the fact that he lived in Paris, he was chosen to represent Greece in a congress called by Pierre de Coubertin in June 1894, which decided to re-establish the Olympic Games and to organise them in Athens in 1896, designating Vikelas to preside over the organisation committee.

Charles Louis de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin

He was the fourth child of Baron Charles Louis de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin and Marie–Marcelle Gigault de Crisenoy.
He was the father of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games.

Sciences Po

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He graduated with a degree in law and public affairs Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
Influential cultural figures such as the writer Marcel Proust and the founder of the modern olympics Pierre de Coubertin also graduated from Sciences Po.

Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques

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Along with the development of an Olympic philosophy, Coubertin invested time in the creation and development of a national association to coordinate athletics in France, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA).
Among its founding members were Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games.

Ancient Olympic Games

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The failure of this endeavour, however, was closely followed by the development of a new idea, the revival of the ancient Olympic Games, the creation of a festival of international athleticism.
Pierre de Coubertin, one of the founders of the modern Olympic Games, wanted to fully imitate the ancient Olympics in every way.

Much Wenlock

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In 1850, he had initiated a local athletic competition that he referred to as "Meetings of the Olympian Class" at the Gaskell recreation ground at Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
In 1890 it was the turn of the to be the venue for the annual post Wenlock Olympian Games' dinner, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the guest of honour.

Intercalated Games

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The 1906 Summer Olympics revived the momentum, and the Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world's foremost sports competition.
However, Pierre de Coubertin did not like this at all, he had intended the first games to be in Paris in 1900 and had no intention of losing not only the première for Paris but the games as well.

Olympic symbols

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The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was proposed by Coubertin in 1894 and has been official since 1924.
It was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin upon the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

Wenlock Olympian Games

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In 1850, he had initiated a local athletic competition that he referred to as "Meetings of the Olympian Class" at the Gaskell recreation ground at Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited the Olympian Society in 1890, which held a special festival in his honour.

Éclaireuses et Éclaireurs de France

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In 1911, Pierre de Coubertin founded the inter-religious Scouting organisation aka Éclaireurs Français (EF) in France, which later merged to form the Éclaireuses et Éclaireurs de France.
In 1911, two interreligious Scouting organizations were founded in France: the Eclaireurs de France (EdF) by Nicolas Benoit and the Eclaireurs Français (EF) by Pierre de Coubertin.

Evangelos Zappas

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There, the philanthropist cousins Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas had used their wealth to fund Olympics within Greece, and paid for the restoration of the Panathinaiko Stadium that was later used during the 1896 Summer Olympics.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin from Paris, France, was, in part, inspired by Dr. Brookes, and went on to found the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

Henri Didon

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The motto was coined by Henri Didon OP, a friend of Coubertin, for a Paris youth gathering of 1891.
He coined the term for an 1891 youth sports competition he organized in Arcueil and that his friend Pierre de Coubertin was assisting.

World Rugby Hall of Fame

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In 2007, he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame for his services to the sport of rugby union.
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The First Olympics: Athens 1896

He was portrayed by Louis Jourdan in the 1984 NBC miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896.
Louis Jourdan as Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee

Konstantinos Zappas

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There, the philanthropist cousins Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas had used their wealth to fund Olympics within Greece, and paid for the restoration of the Panathinaiko Stadium that was later used during the 1896 Summer Olympics.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin together with A. Mercatis, a close friend of Konstantinos, encouraged the Greek government to put in some of that legacy to fund the 1896 Athens Olympic Games in addition to the legacy of Evangelis Zappas.