The Olympic flag

Foto: Olympic flag / Scazon Quelle: Flickr
Flags can be used for warning purposes, in the context of sports, in front of public buildings, outside of companies or in some cases even in the front yard. Every flag has its own meaning: the white flag as protection signal in times of war or as a warning signal in motorsports. The flags of sport clubs show which team is playing, the national flags of the world or the Olympic flag with the five well known rings. Where does the Olympic flag come from and what do the five colored rings mean?

The Olympic Games

The first Olympic games of the antique probably took place about 2000 BC. But the Olympic flag doesn’t exist for that long. It was designed much later in the year 1913 by Pierre de Coubertin (* January 1st 1863; † September 2nd 1937/founder of the international Olympic committee) and appeared, because of World War I, for the first time during the games of Antwerp in 1920.

The five rings of the Olympic flag

They certainly stand for the five continents of the world that compete during the Olympic Games. The indication that the five colors (blue, green, red, yellow and black) of the rings stand for the individual continents was removed from the games’ official manual, since there existed no information that this was intended by the designer.

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