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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Citius, Altius, Fortius

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A friend of mine from Florida, Susan Kelly, sent me a great link yesterday. Thanks, Susan.

Michael Zelenka gave this presentation last year on "The Spirituality of Sports". I learned a lot from it. 

Toward the end he presented a new twist to the Olympic Motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius , which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger".

Faster, Higher, Stronger
Quicker to respond to those in need
Elevate our thoughts to a higher calling/purpose
Greater strength to build God's Kingdom here on Earth

2 Timothy 4:7
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith


The Olympic motto is the hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger". 

A hendiatris is a figure of speech used for emphasis, in which three words are used to express one idea

The motto was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin on the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894. De Coubertin borrowed it from his friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest who, amongst other things, was an athletics enthusiast. 

The motto was introduced in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.

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