14 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About the Olympics

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2. Sexist From The Beginning

2. Sexist At The Beginning

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French Baron Pierre de Coubertin is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. 

His ambition to revive the ancient Greek tradition and make it a worldwide celebration of peace led to the theatrical event we now have at a four-year interval.

However, a century ago, the Olympic spirit was far from promoting the same values as it does today. As you probably know, the sexes were far from being equal to each other at the beginning of the 20th century. Women were allowed to compete only in a handful of sports.

History books will never tell you that Pierre de Coubertin was a sexist who considered athletic women “the most unaesthetic sight human eyes could contemplate.”

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