According to most accounts, the man solely responsible for
reviving the modern Olympic Games was Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
Now, in "The Modern Olympics," David C. Young challenges this view,
revealing that Coubertin was only the last and most successful of
many contributors to the dream of the modern Olympics.
Based on thirteen years of research in previously neglected
documents, Young reconstructs the fascinating and almost unknown
history of the Olympic revival movement in the nineteenth century,
including two long-forgotten Olympiads--one in London in 1866 and
another in Athens in 1870. He traces the idea for the modern
Olympics back to an obscure Greek poet in 1833 and follows the
sinuous tale to a small village in England, where W. P. Brookes
held local Olympiads, founded the British Olympic Committee, and
told Coubertin about his vision of an international Olympics.
Coubertin's main contribution to the founding of the modern
Olympics was the zeal he brought to transforming an idea that had
evolved over decades into the reality of Olympiad I and all the
Olympic Games held thereafter.
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