Pierre Knows Olympic History

Learn all about the history of the Olympic Sports. Pierre de Coubertin, founding father of the modern Olympics, will tell you everything you always wanted to know and more in a few dynamic minutes.

And remember, his stories may sometimes sound absurd but all presented facts have been checked and double checked. If you think Pierre is wrong, just contact us and we will correct it.

Pierre on Dutch radio - Giel Beelen @ 3FM

Do you know what is the bloodiest sport of all?

Do you know what is the bloodiest sport of all?
Pierre Knows dressage. And he knows this subtile looking sport actually is a very bloodthirsty event. Who so? Pierre will explain it to you in a dynamic 3,30 minutes. After that you will never look at Dressage and Anky van Grunsven the same.
 

Do you know why a boxing ring is square?

Do you know why a boxing ring is square?
Do you know why a boxing ring is square? Pierre does! And he explains it in two-and-half minutes. Watch it and learn about the noble sport of boxing, about making a ring with a rope and - maybe more important - see Tom Cruise without his shirt on.
 

Do you know why Waterskiing is not an Olympic Sport?
And BMX is!

Do you know why Waterskiing is not an Olympic Sport. And BMX is?
Pierre de Coubertin explains all about the mysteries of Olympic BMX-ing and waterskiing in this dynamic clip. You will learn a lot about the history of BMX and Waterskiing. About the mysterie of the name BMX and about the hope that is still on the horizon for Olympic Waterskiiing.
 

Do you know why Kenyans are so good at the steeple chase?

Do you know why Kenyans are so good at the steeple chase?
Pierre knows athletics and he knows everything about the steeple chase. He even knows why Kenyans are so good at it. Learn about the history of this sport, the involvement of horses and camels and how Capitalism created this beautifull event.
 

Do you know why tennis has such a strange scoring system?

Do you know why tennis has such a strange scoring system?
Pierre knows tennis and he knows why the sport has such a strange scoring system. Pierre introduces you to the history of tennis, starting with the French monks and ending with an improbable, but true, explanation for the use of Love (like in fifteen - love).
 

Do you know who is the best high jumper ever?

Do you know who is the best high jumper ever?
Pierre knows who is the best high jumper ever. He will take you through the history of high jumping and you will meet some of the best high jumpers ever, but no one was better than Huaso the High Jump Horse.
 

Do you know why there are so many swimming events?

Do you know why there are so many swimming events?
Pierre knows swimming. He will explain why there are so many swimming events and in doing so he will tell you everything about the history of swimming. You will meet Flying Gull the mysterious Native American and you will learn why he was responsible for the incredible success of Michael Phelps in Beijing.
 

Do you know why Table Tennis is often called Ping Pong?

Do you know why Table Tennis is often called Ping Pong?
Pierre knows table tennis and he knows why so much people call it ping pong! Learn about the history of Table Tennis and learn why the name of the game changed from Whiff Whaff to Ping Pong to Table Tennis and why the Chinese still call it Ping Pang.
 

Do you know what is the strangest Olympic Sport ever?

Do you know what is the strangest Olympic Sport ever?
Pierre knows strange Olympic sports. Once a winner of Olympic poetry he takes you through the history of the strangest sport in Olympic history. And he will explain the total absurdness of solo synchronized swimming.
 

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