In what year was the Creed set out? The song represents the way society thinks now: in the last three decades, it’s become all about ‘me’, ‘my’ rights, and ‘my’ wins, and not about the other guy, fair play, or best efforts.
I think the people behind the Olympics (and that includes athletes) want it to be about the Creed, but the whole mess just turns out otherwise. Is it lying to continue to keep and promote the creed when you know things are playing out in another manner? Maybe.
Apparently the creed was based on a sermon given at the games in 1908.
The Olympic Hymn has a more complicated story. It was used from 1896 and declared “official” in 1957, and is always used during the flag raising. But since 1960 host countries have also commisioned their own Olympic Anthem
English Lyrics of the official Olympic Hymn (no wonder we only hear it sung in Greek!)
Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky
Which has first witnessed thy unperishable fame.
Give life and animation to those noble games!
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in strife!
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel!
Shine in a roseate hue and form a vast temple
To which all nations throng to adore thee.
Listen to the Anthem of the Beijing Olymics and compare it to Survival…wait for the English!
Of course, David Foster’s song for 1988 remains a Canadian favourite!
But American, John Williams, did it best of all in 1984! For me, this is the Olympic song!
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