THE PURPOSES OF the Olympic Games are to
foster the ideal of a sound mind in a sound body and to promote
friendship among nations.
The Olympic Motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius,
which is Latin for Faster, Higher, Braver (or Stronger).
The Olympic Creed is, "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."
The Olympian Vow is spoken by a chosen
athlete, who takes in on behalf of all participating athletes
during the Opening Ceremonies. It goes, "In the name of
all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic
Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them,
in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and
the honor of our teams."
Life can be lived with the Olympic Spirit
with good sportsmanship, with goodwill toward all nations
and people, with the commitment to take part in life, to give
your best, to play with honor, and to be better for it.