Pierre (de Frédy) de Coubertin

Charles Pierre (de Frédy) de Coubertin (1863 - 1937)

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Charles Pierre (Pierre) de Coubertin formerly de Frédy aka Frédy de Coubertin
Born in Paris VII, Paris, Seine, Francemap
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Husband of — married in Paris VIII, Paris, Seine, Francemap
Died in Genève, Genève, Suissemap
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Pierre de Coubertin, historien et pédagogue français, est connu comme le père des Jeux Olympiques de l'ère moderne.

Charles Pierre Frédy de Coubertin est né le 1er janvier 1863, 20 rue Oudinot à Paris (7ème arrondissement). Il est le fils de Charles Louis, baron Frédy de Coubertin, et d'Agathe Marie Marcelle Gigault de Crisenoy[1].

Il a épousé Marie Rothan le 11 mars 1895 à Paris (8ème arrondissement)[2].


  • Most notable for establishing the modern Olympics - "Father of the modern Olympic Games" - and served as President of the IOC until 1925 and was then named Honorary President for Life
  • s/o Charles de Frédy (Baron de Coubertin) and Marie–Marcelle Gigault de Crisenoy[3][4]
  • 1872, living with the family in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse[5] - listed as Pierre Frédy de Coubertin, 8.
  • 1895 m. Marie Rothan[4][3]
  • characterized as a fool and a sexist[4]
  • dedicated to the field of education and the inclusion of sports
  • 1892 launched a plan to restart the Olympics[4]
  • 1896 1st modern Olympics held in Greece
  • 1906 formed the Association for Teaching Reform (in France)
  • Founded the Olympic Museum & Library[4]
  • 1936 Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (didn't win)[4]
  • 1936 awarded the Virginie Harold Prize[4]
  • 1937 died of a heart attack in a park in Geneva
  • Body interred in Geneva, Heart interred next to the ancient ruin of Olympia in Greece - as per his request[4]
  • "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well."... his words, the Olympic Creed
  • The Pierre de Coubertin Medal is occasionally awarded for significant demonstration of the spirit of sportsmanship in the Olympics and is the IOC's highest honor[3]


  1. Acte de naissance: Acte #11, Naissances 1863 Paris VIIème, Archives de Paris en ligne cote V4E 791 (vue 3), consulté le 6 août 2017
  2. Acte de mariage: Acte #199, Mariages 1895 Paris VIIIème, Archives de Paris en ligne cote V4E 8709 (vue 12), consulté le 6 août 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wikipedia: Pierre de Coubertin, accedded 21 Sept 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Wilson, Tracey V., Holly Frey. "Live at the DMA: Pierre de Coubertin and the Modern Olympics." Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast). 14 Sept 2016. How Stuff Works.com (Web). 2016
  5. 1872: Frame 17; as provided through wikitree message system by David Quénéhervé, 10 Feb 2018

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