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Dartmouth Citius, Altius, Fortius

Citius, Altius, Fortius are not the Three Musketeers’ backup team; the words compose the Olympic motto, Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Let’s hope that Dartmouth athletes always do just that, and we should take a special pride this year at how disproportionately a small school in New Hampshire is represented at the Pyeongchang Games:

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Dartmouth News reports:

Dartmouth’s proud Olympic tradition continues at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, with nine competitors from the College already named to Olympic teams and at least five more who are still in the running for a chance to vie for gold.

Dartmouth student-athletes and alumni have participated in every Winter Olympics since the modern games began in Chamonix, France, in 1924. Dartmouth has sent more representatives to the winter games than any other Ivy League school. As of the 2014 Sochi Games, 132 Dartmouth-affiliated athletes had competed in the Winter Olympics, winning a total of 13 gold, nine silver, and six bronze medals. That is more medals than many countries have accrued in the Winter Games, including Australia, Poland, and Great Britain. [Emphasis added]

What an impact the College continues to have.

A Little Advice for Phil: Once the full Olympic team has been named, send a message to the campus asking everyone to wish our athletes well on the world stage.

Addendum: A close observer of the College writes in:

Wow, very impressive! Just think how much larger Dartmouth’s Olympics impact could be if we brought in 25 percent more students.

Actually, it doesn’t work that way. That’s one of the reasons Dartmouth produces so many more Olympians than much bigger schools.

Also, most athletics programs are “money pits” for a college (as they are for most families who bankroll their kids’ involvements). But we prioritize these extracurricular pursuits because of what they develop in young people. They build and benefit them (and us) for a lifetime in ways that go far beyond the costs those athletic pursuits incur.

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