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Modern Olympics proposal letter from 1894 up for auction

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A letter handwritten by modern Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin on Jan. 30, 1894, blueprinting the Games, is for sale, according to Goldin Auctions.

The auction ends Oct. 29 and has a starting bid price of $300,000.

In the letter, the Frenchman outlines the Games to be held in Paris in 1900, according to the auction site. Of course, the first modern Olympics were eventually held not in Coubertin’s hometown but in Athens in 1896.

Coubertin, helping revive the Games after a 15-century absence, gave his heart to the Olympic movement — it rests inside a monument at the ancient Olympic site of Olympia.

Images of the 1894 letter below are courtesy of Goldin Auctions.

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Pierre de Coubertin letter

Pierre de Coubertin letter

Pierre de Coubertin letter

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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