London 1908

The Olympic family

"The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well." This citation used again and again for the Olympics originated during the fifth Olympic Summer Games. In a divine service in the St. Pauls Cathedrale the bishop of Pennsylvania sermonised, in which he said basically that winning is not so important than the participation itself. This sentence had not been so famous; but Coubertin repeated this statement on a banquet on 24 July 1908: "L'important dans ces olympiades, c'est moins d'y gagner que d'y prendre part" (= The important thing in Olympic Games is less to win but to take part).
After the games in Athens 1906 the IOC kept again the organisations under control and on the ninth session Coubertin tried to set up committees for gymnastics, fencing, equestrian and swimming those should support the British judges. The tenth session during the games was kept again very destructively, not even the candidatures of Berlin and Stockholm have been discussed.