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How many rings are on the Olympic flag?

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The Olympic flag has five interlocking rings on a white background. The rings represent the union of the nations of the five continental areas – North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia and their athlete delegates at the games.

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In 1913, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, suggested an official Olympic flag to symbolize the peace and unity of international athletic competition. The flag was first introduced at the seventh Olympic Games in 1920. The white background and the blue, yellow, black, green and red ring colors were chosen to represent at least one color from each country's national flag.

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    What do the five rings that appear on the Olympic flag signify?

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    Pierre de Coubertin, who designed the Olympic logo with five interlocking rings, suggested that the rings represent the five general areas of the world where people (and the athletes competing in the games) live. Five solid colors appear in the logo from left to right: blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

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    What continents do the Olympic rings represent?

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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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    What is the meaning of the linked rings on the Olympic symbol?

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