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Olympisme and Olympians

" The important thing in these Olympiads is not so much winning as taking part" said the Bishop of Pennsylvania, Ethlelbert Talbot, in his sermon on 19th July 1908 in London during the Games of the IV Olympiad. Coubertin thought this message was "of great philosophical significance" and used it himself, adding his own personal touch. In his writings, Coubertin considered sport in its educational sense, declaring that "the important thing in life is not victory, but the fight; the main thing is not to have won, but to have fought well."

"The Olympic Games are prestigious and the athletes who take part in them truly believe in the "spirit of Olympism" and the power it has to unite the world and spread a positive message. We as athletes are proud to have the honour of representing our countries."
Charmaine Crooks, IOC member, athletics, silver medallist, 4 x 400m relay, Los Angeles 1984