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Keep the Flame Alive

Jul 29, 2022

It is two years to go until the Paris 2024 Olympics begin! To celebrate, we're talking with George Hirthler, author of The Idealist, a historical novel about this founder of the modern Olympic Movement. George was recently honored with the  International Olympic Committee's Pierre de Coubertin medal for his service to the Olympic Movement.

We talk with George about the baron's life and his thoughts on physical education within the French school system, along with his struggles to have it implemented. We also discuss his attitude toward amateurism and whether women should participate in the Games (Pierre's philosophy might surprise you).

George tells us why he wanted to write about de Coubertin and why he chose to write his story as historical fiction. Plus, he shares what's in store for readers in the next couple of years.

George is also the person behind the Coubertin Speaks website and Twitter feed, which shares daily inspiration from Pierre de Coubertin. You can follow him on Instagram for the latest updates.

In this episode we also have news from Team Keep the Flame Alive, including:

Plus we have news on Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and LA 2028. For all the latest Paris 2024 info, check out our new Paris page!

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Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!


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