Interesting Facts about the Olympics posted by Olympics
The Olympic Flag
The official flag for the Olympics was created in 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin. The five rings are meant to symbolize the five continents, and these rings are interconnected, which symbolizes the gaining of friendship by playing these games on an international level. The colors of these rings were chosen to be red, green, black, yellow, and blue, as these colors mostly appeared in the flags of countries of the world. This official flag was first unfurled at the 1920 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Flame
The lighting of the Olympic flame is a practice that has been there since ancient times. In Greece, the official fire was lit from the sunrays, and the flame was kept burning throughout the games. In modern Olympics, the flame made its first appearance at the 1928 Olympic Games played in Amsterdam. The flame is supposed to symbolize striving for perfection and purity. The Olympic Torch relay was started by Carl Diem, the chairman of the Olympics committee, in 1936. The Olympic Torch is lit initially at an ancient Greece site using a curved mirror and the sunrays. This ceremony is officiated by women, who wear white robes in ancient style. The flame then is taken to the place where the games are played, passing from runner to runner, until it reaches the destination. This Olympic Torch is then kept alight until the games are over.
The Olympics Motto
The Olympics motto is in Latin, Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means Swifter, Higher, and Stronger. This motto was coined in 1921 by Pierre de Courbertin, who is considered the founder of modern Olympic Games.Continue reading "Interesting Facts about the Olympics"