“ode to sport” by pierre de coubertin
coubertin founder of the “modern olympic games” won the gold medal for literature at the 1912 summer olympics for the poem “ode au sport”.
“O Sport, delight of the Gods, destillation of life”, these words open the “Ode to Sport”, with which, according to the official report of 1912, the Germans M. Eschbach and Georges Hohrod won the gold medal in “Literature” at the first Olympic Art Competitions in 1912. The two authors remained unknown for several years and it was not until 1919, that Pierre de Coubertin exposed the secret: He himself had written the “Ode to Sport”. In 1990, Norbert Mueller discovered the source of the names. Coubertin had chosen the names of the two villages of Eschbach and Hohrod in the Munster Valley of Alsace. They were neighbouring towns of Luttenbach, the home village of his wife Marie (born Rothan), which he frequently visited. [source]