Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic Athlete
Keywords:Ancient Olympic athletes, protection of athletes, athletes as role models, honouring athletes, institutional representations of athletes
It is a central objective of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) to make known the works of Pierre de Coubertin in their entirety, to identify the main lines of his thinking, and to ensure their dissemination. Equally important and hence also mentioned in the mission statements of the IPCC is the need to strengthen a contemporary reading of Coubertin`s ideas, thoughts and concepts. By doing this one can analyze that the Olympic Movement and the International Olympic Committee has not become alienated from the fundamental principles of its founder. Only one example for this is the interpretation of Coubertin’s vision of the Olympic athlete.