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The Five Olympic Values

Update: Unfortunately Cincinnati did not get the bid to get the 2012 Olympics. Maybe there will be hope for the future.

Last summer I had the chance to attend the first Olympic Regional Academy, in Cincinnati. I stayed for one week, and learned the 5 Olympic Values. During the course of that week, we learned that the Olympics are more than a bunch of athletes competing to be the best. Olympism is a philosophy of life--encompassing the mind, body, and spirit, blending sport with culture nad education. Olympism seeks a way of life based on joy found in the effort.

Three of us from my school went to the Academy, along with three mentors. After the Academy we had to brong the Olympic Ideals back to our community and share them to help make a better community. One of the things we decided to do was speak at the local Rotary Club, and mentor at the Intermediate school. One of our mentors wrote the following poem to express the Ideal of Vision:


From the first day of school the teachers have said

You see with your eyes in front of your head.

But what I have found

In this short weekend

Is something amazing

and I must make amend

For the vision I've had

Way deep down inside

That vision is easy

So easy to hide

Keeping is secret

away from the world

Makes is so much sweeter

when your plan is unfurled

See, Olympic dreams

find somewhere to start

That vision begins

straight from the heart

I know it seems silly

most people won't care

But believe in yourself

and you're already there.


by: Rollin Bone

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."


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