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  • News | Olympic News

    Art and sport: Pierre de Coubertin’s vision is just as relevant today!

    Following the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to combine “muscles and mind” at the Games, seven editions, from 1912 to 1948, included Olympic events in painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. After these were dropped, the cultural programmes created for the Games successfully continued the vision of the man who revived the Games.
    15 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Culture and Olympic Education, Melbourne / Stockholm 1956, RIO 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Buenos Aires 2018
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    The oldest of the modern Olympic emblems is an anthem!

    You will certainly have heard it if you have ever watched an Olympic Games opening ceremony. A sumptuous piece of music like something out of a 19th century opera. What is its story? We take a look at the 124-year-old Olympic Anthem.
    08 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony
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    The remarkable story of the Athletes’ Parade

    As everyone knows, the Olympic Games opening ceremonies begin with the joyous parade of athletes marching behind their flag-bearers. We see them again in an emotional reunion at the closing ceremonies. But did you know how it all began, and why all the participants come together as one at the end of the Games? Let’s go back in time 110 years.
    01 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, London 1908, Lake Placid 1932, Melbourne / Stockholm 1956, London 2012, RIO 2016, PyeongChang 2018
  • News | Olympic News

    How Olympic gold medallist Mary Wineberg is inspiring children around the world

    Olympic gold medallist Mary Wineberg is sharing her inspirational children’s book with young fans all over the world through the Olympian & Paralympian Online Experiences available on Worldwide Olympic Partner Airbnb’s platform.
    26 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Sponsors, Airbnb, Athletics, Beijing 2008
  • News | IOC News

    In 1913, Pierre de Coubertin designed one of the world's most famous symbols

    The Olympic rings represent the five continents and all nations united by Olympism. Today, they make up of the most famous and recognised symbols in the world. Did you know that it was a mere 20 years after the re-establishment of the Olympic Games that Pierre de Coubertin presented his emblem to the 1914 Olympic Congress in Paris? While he is remembered for being an educator, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he was also a talented designer. Read on for the full history of the Olympic rings.
    18 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News
  • News | Legacy

    Antwerp 1920: a symbol of peace and unity 100 years after the Games

    Following World War I, the IOC selected Antwerp to host the 1920 Olympic Games. Organisers overcame many obstacles to deliver an edition of the Games that is still recognised for its lasting contributions to sport, gender equality, unity and peace. One hundred years later, as the entire world is fighting the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games Antwerp 1920 live on as a symbol of post-crisis solidarity and recovery.
    14 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Antwerp 1920, Legacy
  • News | IOC News

    How Lausanne came to meet its Olympic destiny

    In 1915, there was nothing to suggest that Lausanne would become the epicentre of the sporting world. Today, the five interlocking rings welcome travellers as they arrive at the railway station – and this is by no means the only expression of the Olympic spirit in the city. While Lausanne, nestled on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, is now known internationally as the Olympic Capital, it owes this status to the resolve of a certain French baron who had fallen in love with the area, and to the terrible context of the First World War.
    11 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Lausanne 2020
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