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The father of the modern Olympics won one gold medal- in literature.


Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin was a French educator and historian, and is credited as the founder of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic Games. It was in 1889 when Coubertin started reviving the Olympic Games as an international competition. He spent five years organizing an international meeting of athletes and sports enthusiasts to try and make the new Olympics a reality.

As you may already know, Coubertin’s hard work came to fruition when the 1896 Athens Olympic Games took place- the first “new” Olympics. As the Olympics progressed through the years, they were for a time expanded to include Art Competitions. This lasted from 1912 to 1948, and on the very first year they were introduced, Coubertin won the gold medal for literature for his poem Ode to Sport.

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