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The heart of
In our conscience the name Pierre de Coubertin is linked to the revival of the Olympic Games.
Coubertin is born in Paris and quite early, his intellectual pursuits awakened his interest for educational issues and the importance of physical training for the education of youth.
On this year, he referred for the first time in public to the idea of reviving the Olympic Games.
The first Olympic Games of the Modern Era begin in Athens, Greece
He died in Geneva leaving behind him the historical and spiritual legacy of the Games.
After his death his heart was brought to Ancient Olympia where it rests in a special commemorative stele at the Coubertin Grove in the facilities of the International Olympic Academy.
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