The History of the Olympic Rings, Explained: What to Know for Beijing originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Between the torch, the fanfare and the games, the Olympics are filled with timeless traditions. However, there is no greater symbol for the event than the Olympic rings.
Featured on flags, playing fields and even athletes themselves, colorful, interlocking circles are the common sign for the world’s largest sporting event. But how did they become?
With less than two weeks to go before the Beijing 2022 Olympics begin, here’s a quick primer on the origins, meaning, and history of the Olympic rings:
Who created the Olympic rings?
Pierre de Coubertin, a French historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee, created the rings in 1913. The iconic design and flag were adopted in 1914, but they are did not make their official Olympic debut until the 1920 Antwerp Games since the 1916 event was scheduled. The show took place in Berlin, Germany, was canceled due to World War I.
What is the meaning behind the five Olympic rings?
The Olympic rings, considered a symbol of the Olympic Games as a whole, represent the work of the Olympic Movement and the union of the five continents and athletes from around the world at the global event. . Those five continents are the Americas (North and South combined), Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
In Coubertin’s words, the five rings represent the five parts of the world that “have now triumphed over the cause of Olymp Tradeism”.
What are the five Olympic ring colors?
From left to right, the five colors for the Olympic rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red.
Contrary to popular belief, the five colors of the Olympic rings do not directly correspond to certain continents. Instead, five colors (along with white, which is the background color of the Olympic flag) were chosen because at least one of those colors appeared on the flag of each participating country at the time Coubertin came up with the design. .
Have there ever been changes to the Olympic rings?
One adjustment that the design has undergone over time is the overlapping and connecting nature of the rings.
The rings were connected in Coubertin’s original design, but in 1986 the IOC Graphics Standard included a definition stating that a formal version with gaps between the rings was created. The IOC Executive Board reverted to Coubertin’s original interlaced design in 2010.
What is the American tour of the rings?
NBC Olympics kicked off a six-stop tour of the United States before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, showcasing life-sized Olympic rings around the country.
It begins in Los Angeles, the host city of the 2028 Olympic Games, at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 3 and will conclude on July 25 at 30 Rock in New York City. Along the way, scheduled laps stop at ChicagoMiami, Orlando and Washington DC.
The loops will travel a total of 8,000 miles via a flatbed truck, visiting 25 states along the way. Together with a mobile platform, the structure weighs the equivalent of more than 12,000 gold medals.
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