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Coubertin and the Modern Olympic Movement
Is all this hype what they had in mind when they revived the Olympics as a modern movement? Who were they for that matter? Our guest knows a thing or two about Pierre de Coubertin, the French Baron who founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. Coubertin's actual intentions may surprise you. Can you imagine a sporting competition reserved entirely for the educated and wealthy upper class? What would Olympic history be like without phenomenal grassroots athletes: the likes of Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Nadia Comaneci, and Michael Phelps? If Coubertin's ideas had prevailed, we probably wouldn't know these names today.—Original airdate: 8/18/2008

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