By: Jack Scheibelein

 Getting people into space, going faster than the speed of sound, and even getting to the top of the highest mountain in the world, oh the places we’ve gone. With the Olympics almost done there isn’t a lot left to talk about, but I think it’s about time to talk about more than just the events and players

“The most important thing is not to win but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well,” said Pierre de Coubertin, considered the father of the modern Olympic games. For many people watching the Olympics, including students of Hardin Valley, that’s what it has always been about. Sure it is great when America takes home the gold, but we certainly do not mind when Usain Bolt or anyone who deserves a medal wins one.

The Olympics have always been more about inclusion than any individual winner. The modern day Olympics were formed in 1896 as a way to spread culture and promote global unity among different nations as opposed to being resigned to compete only with themselves.

Eric Benson, a Hardin Valley senior, said, “It unites people of all nationalities in a positive environment.” Friendly competition is good for everyone. It gives opportunities to underprivileged kids and allows a channel to release stress and anger. Benson also said the Olympics “probably gives them something to strive for if that’s what they’ve decided they want to do.”

When we think about the Olympics we should not just think about who has more medals or who is breaking more records. Pierre de Coubertin should be remembered not just for his legendary accomplishment that is the Olympics, but rather for the motivation behind it: to spread the idea of global unity and friendly competition, the real reason behind the motivation to succeed.

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