BARON PIERRE DE COUBERTINHe was the Founder of the International OlympicCommittee. THIS WAS AFTER THE OLYMPICSHAD BEEN STOPPED FOR 4 CENTURIES. HETHEN RESTARTED THEM.Pierre de Frédy was born in Paris,France on 1January 1863. At the age of 74 he died(2September 1937)
CREED AND MOTTOThe Olympic motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius. These three Latin words meanSwifter, Higher, Stronger.Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for this phrase from a speech given byBishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for Olympic champions during the 1908Olympic Games. The Olympic Creed reads:"THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES IS NOT TOWIN BUT TO TAKE PART, JUST AS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING INLIFE IS NOT THE TRIUMPH BUT THE STRUGGLE. THE ESSENTIALTHING IS NOT TO HAVE CONQUERED BUT TO HAVE FOUGHT WELL." FACTS*The creed and motto are meant to spur the athletes to embrace theOlympic spirit and perform to the best of their abilities.
THE OLYMPIC FLAGThe ﬁve Olympic rings represent the ﬁve continents involved in theOlympics and were designed in 1912, adopted in June 1914 anddebuted at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.The Olympic ﬂag has a white background, with ﬁve interlaced ringsin the centre. This design is symbolic ; it represents the ﬁveinhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the sixcolors are those that appear on all the national ﬂags of the world atthe present time. FACTS*The six colours on the ﬂag are Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Blackand the background colour is white.*The Olympic symbols are icons of each olympic part of the role ofthe ﬂags and symbols used by the International Olympic
THE HOST CITIESSince the modern Olympic Games began in 1896, therehave been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 differentcities and 21 Winter Olympic Games held in 18 differentcities.THIS IS THE SECOND OLYMPIC HELD IN LONDON. THEFIRST ONE WAS IS 1908 AND NOW IT’S 2012. FACTSHost cities are selected by the IOC membership, usuallyseven years in advance.
THE TORCH RELAYThe modern tradition of moving the Olympic Flame via arelay system from Greece to the Olympic venue began withthe Berlin Games in 1936.The Torch relay started Saturday 19th May at Lands End.This will be ﬁnishing 27th July in the Olympic Stadium. FactsThe Torch and Relay were important elements of the culturalfestivals surrounding the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece.