The Olympic athlete as a role model : an old and new educational idea / Stephan Wassong

Wassong, Stephan

According to Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic athlete has to take over the responsibility to act as role model to disseminate the educational value of sport. Firstly, it will be analysed that Coubertin had a clear vision of the athlete as a role model. This included that the Olympic athlete must be an amateur athlete who had finished their vocational training or university education. Secondly, this paper discusses how this concept was challenged since the inception of the Olympic Movement, and had almost been disintegrated in the last decades of the 20th Century. Thirdly, this paper explains how the IOC became aware of this problem and, therefore, commenced a new initiative at the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen in 2009. At this time, a modern version of Coubertin’s vision of the athlete as a role model was presented and discussed. This article aims to describe this new profile of the new role model and his/her responsibilities for the modern world of sport.

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