Pierre de Coubertin

French educator and historian, 1863-1937

Founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second president, Coubertin is known as the father of the modern Olympic Games. Born into a French aristocratic family, he became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history. He graduated with a degree in law and public affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. There he came up with the idea of the Summer Olympic Games. 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.

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Coubertin, Pierre de

frz. Pädagoge, Begründer der modernen Olympischen Spiele (1896), bis 1925 deren Präsident (1863-1937). Eigenh. Brief mit Unterschrift. Lausanne. 4to. 4 pp.
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An „Cher bon ami“, über den Gesundheitszustand seiner Tochter Renée (= Renée de Frédy de Coubertin, 1902-1968), für die das „horrible climat“ Locarnos schlecht gewesen sei, sei mit ihr über den Gotthard und Zug zurückgekommen, sie sei nach Kusnacht (= Küsnacht) gereist, über ihren dortigen Aufenthalt, das Sanatorium, nennt die Adresse, an die der Empfänger ihr schreiben solle (Seehof etc.). Inhaltsreicher, persönlich gehaltener Brief.

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Coubertin, Pierre de

educator and founder of the modern Olympic Games (1863-1937). Autograph letter signed ("Pierre de Coubertin"). Villa Monrepos, Lausanne. 4to 2 pp.
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To André Reichel, nephew of Coubertin's beloved friend, the pioneer sports journalist Frantz Reichel. Himself a boxing, running and rugby champion, Frantz Reichel was very involved in the creation of sports associations such as the "Union of Athletics French Societies" mentioned in this letter, foreshadowing the French Olympic Committee. - "My dear Mr Reichel, It seems you are asking my opinion, for your personal use, I am giving it to you with great pleasure, under the auspices of our dear Frantz, your uncle, whose keepsakes, letters and articles are always with me.

But I do not see any reason why I should speak my mind publicly in the newspapers. French athletes have pushed me away so far (much more because of their nonsense than because of their ungratefulness and wickedness) that I do not know anything about them now, and I don't care about their opinion. Unfortunately, in this field, just like in many others, France only follows and gives, with many speeches, the illusion of commanding. Other countries are the real commanders. Fortunately, I am confident that the French energies will wake up soon and that King Louis-Philippe II who is currently in power will be overthrown by a new 1848 revolution. I do not know if it is still possible to use the solutions you are suggesting. I'm afraid not. As I have already written, I was really wrong to accept Mr de Saint-Clair's demands and to use USFSA, mixing clubs and school associations. 44 years ago! During the War, I had the opportunity to fix this mistake. This was the conclusion of my report to the Minister, following the mission he entrusted to me. Please find attached this report which is now very difficult to find and as well the text of the Charter of Sports Reform. I am sending as well a copy of the anthology that was given to me for my 70th birthday in 1932. I can imagine you at your uncle's office in the Figaro newspaper's building. This book will be near the table on which he was writing, where he died, and where we have so many times discussed about his setbacks and hopes [...]"..

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