Olympic Motto [Edit]

The official Olympic Motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, a Latin phrase meaning swifter, higher, stronger. The Olympic Motto was adopted by Baron Pierre de Coubertin for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after hearing of its use by Reverend Father Martin Didon of Paris, a Dominican friar and teacher. Didon, head master of Arcueil College, used the phrase while describing the athletic accomplishments of his students at that school. He had previously been at the school Albert Le Grand, where the Latin words were carved in stone above the main entrance. Coubertin used the motto in the very first issue of Revue Olympique.