What Does the Olympic Motto Stand For?

The Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" comes from the Latin meaning "Faster, Higher, Stronger." The motto was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 upon the creation of the International Olympic Committee.

Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for the motto from his friend, Henri Didon, who was a Dominican priest as well as a sports enthusiast. Henri Didon first used the words at an opening ceremony for a local school's sporting event in 1881. The motto was formally introduced in the Olympic Games held in Paris in 1924. According to Olympic.org, the motto expresses the aspirations of the Olympic Movement not only in its athletic and technical sense but also from a moral and educational perspective.