The Baron Pierre de Coubertin• Pierre was born in Paris (France) on the 1st of January 1863 into an established aristocratic family. He died from a stroke at the age of 74 on the 2nd of September 1937 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was buried in Olympia.• Coubertin had the idea of beginning the modern Olympics. In his late 20’s he wanted ﬁtness and athleticism to be part of everyday life. He believed physical education should be an important part of life. Soon he combined his feelings and effort together to bring the the long-dead Olympics into the modern generation.
The Olympic Flag• The Olympic Flag represents the ﬁve continents that participate at the Olympics. The continents include America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania.• The Olympic Flag was originally designed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914. Pierre de Coubertin is said to have discovered the ﬁve rings symbols engraved on an Altar-stone unearthed at Delphi.• The Olympic Flag measures 2.06m long, 60cm high and is completely white with ﬁve rings connected together in the centre. The Olympic ﬂag is a symbol of tranquility, goodwill, global solidarity and tolerance.
Host Cities• Since 1896 there has been 29 summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. The Summer Olympics are held every four years. London have hosted three Summer Olympic Games. The United States have hosted four more Summer Olympic Games, more than any other Nation. When the 2012 Summer Olympics have ﬁnished the UK would have hosted three Summer Olympic Games.
Torch Relay and Flame• The Olympic Flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of ﬁre from the king of the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece