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What do the five Olympic rings stand for?

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The five Olympic rings represent the five areas of the world involved in the Olympics, with North and South America representing one area. They are interlocking to symbolize the universality of the Olympic spirit and the coming together of athletes from around the world during the Olympic Games.

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The Olympic logo was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1913. The five continents represented by the Olympic rings are North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. The different colors on the Olympic rings, when placed on the white background of the Olympic flag, represent all nations. It is a common misconception that each color represents a different continent.

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