The series ‘The Butterfly Effect’ returns to the Colombia Signal screen with the history of characters and events that radically changed the course of humanity. In it, we can discover how rock roll revolutionized world culture, how the moment came when humanity finally reached the moon or how it was that the Olympic games came back to life after more than a millennium of oblivion.
As we also love sports in Colombia, we want to tell you a little more about Baron Pierre de Coubertin, part of the series ‘The Butterfly Effect’ and without which the Olympic games as we know them now would not be a world reality.
On the eve of the 2020 edition in Japan of the Olympic competitions, it is worth remembering that although today sport and athletic disciplines are part of everyday life in modern societies, in the past it was a practice of little importance in social life and that, in addition, was ruled out because its usefulness was unknown.
However, just over 100 years ago, a French baron named Pierre de Coubertin was given the titanic task of touring countries and crossing the seas to convince the world of the importance of sport and competitive spirit, taking as reference the ancient Olympics Greeks and their research in pedagogy.
Coubertin, son of Luis de Coubertin, had in his destiny a brilliant military career but he dismissed it for his sensitive temperament and preferred to fight a battle with society to convince her of what was a fundamental point for the pedagogy that would govern the twentieth century: the education of the mind and spirit through sports discipline and personal hygiene.
Today it is due to the tenacity of this noble Frenchman that more than 5,000 million people gather in front of screens around the world every four years to celebrate humanity at the Olympic Games. In addition, the Olympic Games have not only served as a sports arena for all participating countries but have also been protagonists of key moments in modern history.
It is enough to remember, for example, the deployment of “black power” in front of the eyes of the world, the – ironically – fortunate first broadcast of the first Olympic games on television facilitated by Nazi Germany, or the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that even today in Day charges victims daily.
How did Coubertin re-found the Olympic Games?
As explained in the series ‘The Butterfly Effect’, it is through perseverance and the great ideas carried out by men and women that the greatest changes in humanity are recorded. The case of the modern Olympic Games is no exception.
To achieve this, Coubertin first had to travel to England and the United States to find pedagogical currents such as ‘muscular Christianity’, which helped him structure the idea that sport is an excellent way to strengthen education, focusing on self-sacrifice, discipline and body care.