French educationalist and Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin (sitting, left) poses with members of the first International Olympic Committee in Athens, Greece, in 1896. Standing, from left are Dr. Willibald Gebhard (Germany), Jiri Guth-Jarkovsky (Bohemia), Ferenc Kemeny (Hungary), General Victor Balck (Sweden); sitting in the middle, next to Pierre de Coubertin are Demetrios Vikelas (Greece), first IOC president, and General Boutowsky (Russia).
Organizers routinely hold up the Olympics as an ideal of international cooperation. But it's competitive nationalism that keeps the heart of the games pumping....
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