Thanks Roskilde & Polyesco
Yes, Frederik who has so often been pretty poor when it comes to giving speeches and being in the spotlight, appears to have a genuine YES-day here!
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #11, 2015.
Written by the one and only Ulrik Ulriksen.
As you know Frederik as member of the IOC attended the Danish Atletics Association congress, along with the German IOC president, Thomas Bach, with whom Frederik had some friendly banter.
And here Frederik gave a personal speech that must have struck a cord with those who were listening:
"I know from personal experience that sport has the ability to change the world for the individual.
For example my year as a frogman-student (aspirant) and following three years as active Frogman was something that changed the world for me.
The training as aspirant/student may perhaps not be classified as sport in the classical sense, but I will nevertheless claim that it is in many ways comparable to what an individual elite-athlete go through when he or she train for some of the big events.
Based on that I got to learn to know myself, the capabilities of my body and my mind. The knowledge and experience I bring with them in my daily life and when I take part sports-competitions - be that triathlon, mountain bike or sailing.
But you don't have to out into the extreme to feel change. Sport has changed the world for many and still do so daily all over the world. I meet many people who through sport has gotten a better life. From the war veteran who finds a new meaning with life to the salesman who want's life a healthier life, to the retiree who finds a new social life.
When I stood up a a candidate for IOC it was because I knew how big a strength sport has. It can give up some fantastic experiences both as spectators and as active performers. It unite us across the boundaries of religion, ethnicity and social background and that can very much influence our lives in a positive way.
The most important thing in sport is not to win but to take part. The essential thing in life is not conqueror but to fight to the best of your abilities. Let us all fight to the best of our abilities".
The speech was very well received and the chairman of Danish Athletics Association, Niels Nygaard, told BB later: "It was a dedicated and good speech. Both in regards to the Olympic (stuff) and sports in Denmark.
I spoke with Crown Princess Mary at the launching of a swimming project a couple of days later and told (her) how well the Crown Prince had performed. The Crown Princess was both pleased and proud about that".
Frederik has previously told in an interview to the magazine Euroman what it meant to him to become a Frogman: "The education became a turning point for me. That meant that I could finally compare myself with others, because I knew I hadn't been given anything (for free).
I would like to be remembered as someone who makes a difference when I meet people".
Originally Posted by Roskilde
Kongehuset.dk has uploaded Frederik's twelve minute long speech at the event last week. A speech he was given great credit for. The first 1:40 minute is in English, the rest is in Danish.
Watched the video and I immediately thought of MidwestMom
looking at Frederik's hair.
He's still not a great speaker in the sense that he speaks like most Danes speak on the street i.e. not very clear, but he is confident, he is on home ground and he speaks from the heart.
Perhaps he's had some training (and been listening)? If so, GOOD!