The Olympic rings are the most recognized logo in the world.
- Photo: an eccentric Chinese fan during the Beijing Olympics Source: twojohnspodcast.missingsaddle.com
Antique pattern as the prototype of olympic rings.
As everyone knows, the logo of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement is made of five interlocking circles or rings. This bright and beautiful symbol was developed by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, in 1913, based on similar images on ancient Greek items found during archaeological excavations on the grounds of Olympia. Certainly, it is impossible to confirm one hundred per cent that de Coubertin tied the number of rings with the number of continents, but a fairly steadfast opinion prevails that Europe is symbolized by the blue ring, Asia — yellow, Australia — green, Africa — black, and America — red.
- Photo: the first Olympic flag. Source: cybraryman.com
Returned for uselessness.
Not many people know that the first Olympic flag, raised by Pierre de Coubertin himself at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerpen, for a long time was believed to be lost without any word. The situation was that it... was stolen by unknown persons all of two days after its raising. But first things first.
The flag was raised by Coubertin in the festive atmosphere of the opening ceremony, but after two days it disappeared without a trace. The Games organizers had to search urgently for a new banner, and the flag was again raised above the stadium. As became known 80 years later, the original flag was stolen by the bronze medalist in platform diving at those Games, American Hal HeigPrieste. He confessed to the act only in 1997, and after three more years, at the age of 103, he gave the flag to Juan Antonio Samaranch, who had the position of IOC president, with the words, "It's no good to me anymore." Since then the original flag has been kept in the IOC museum in Lausanne.