The Olympic Rings and Their Meanings

The Olympic flag has five rings in five different colors. Who is the creator of this and why are there five colored rings on the flag?


The Olympic rings symbolize the Olympics. The origin of the Olympic Games is set in ancient Greece, where sports competitions are held every four years in honor of Zeus Olympios.All this took place in the locality Olympia, hence the name. When the Olympic Games originated exactly is unclear, but sometime in the 8th century BC must have this for the first place.
Today, the Olympic Games is an international sporting and contains many parts.

The Rings

The five rings symbolize the Olympics. The five rings represent the bond between the five continents. These five continents: Africa, Australia, America, Antarctica and Eurasia. The rings are connected to each other and should also show the relationship between these parts of the world. The colors of the rings is chosen because at least one color occurs within a country’s flag. As the Dutch flag: This is red and blue. The German flag is black, red and yellow. And on the Australian flag is also red and blue.

Creator Olympic Flag

The Olympic flag was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. This man was also the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Namely, the old games were banned in 393, and in 1859 began working with the Olympic Games. The 1896 Summer Olympics were also the first modern Olympic Games. 1913 flag was designed with rings. In 1920 the flag was taken, because in 1916 there was no play in the war.

Winter and Summer Flag

There are two flags: one for the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics. These flags are used every year again, so do not get a new flag.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin

Pierre wanted the design of the flag to see a force that connects all parts of the world with each other. A ring represents eternity and loyalty. Of the rings to be joined, this indicates the connection again. By using multiple colors on the flags or at least prevents one time, all countries of the world participate in the play.
Pierre lived from 1863 to 1937. He was born in Paris and died in Geneva. A statement from Pierre where people often think this comes from him, “Participation is more important than winning.” This is probably a summary of another statement from him. But this statement does not specify sports again.