Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/06/olympic_countdown_64_olympic_s.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/06/olympic_countdown_64_olympic_s.html en-gb 30 Wed 27 Aug 2014 15:05:05 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/06/olympic_countdown_64_olympic_s.html ZappasOrg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/06/olympic_countdown_64_olympic_s.html?page=0#comment0 If ever a medal was more inappropriately named it was when they called a sportsmanship medal the "Baron Pierre de Coubertin" medal.Neither the Baron himself nor the International Olympic Committee have shown one iota of sportsmanship in their false claim that Baron Pierre de Coubertin is THE founder of the Modern Olympic Games.The Baron did not come first in the race to found the Modern Olympic Games. He didn't even come second. Not even a close second.Olympians who placed third weren't even given medals at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games.Baron Pierre de Coubertin was born on the 1st of January 1863. He founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. But the first modern international Olympic Games had already taken place in an Athens city square called Ludwig Square in 1859. The first modern international Olympic Games to be held in a stadium was that held in the Panathenian stadium, in Athens, in 1870. The first Olympic Games to be held outside of Greece that looked like an Olympic Games was the national Olympic Games held at Crystal Palace in London in 1866.It looks like both the founding fathers that preceded the Baron deserve a medal for sportsmanship and the Baron could be disqualified for lack of sportsmanship.Credit where credit is due. The Baron did found the International Olympic Committee. He does deserve credit for that. But the Baron was not the first or only founder of the Modern Olympic Games.Yours faithfully,Mike PagomenosFounder of Zappas.orgwww.zappas.orgMember of the International Society of Olympic Historians Thu 05 Jun 2008 12:42:16 GMT+1