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.
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.Learn More
As of 2014, the most recent Olympic games were the winter contests held in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. More than 2,800 athletes competed in the games, and 12 new events were introduced, including women's ski jumping and the ski half-pipe for men and women.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the most recent Olympic Games were held in Sochi, Russia. The Winter Games in Sochi were held in February of 2014. Sochi is located on the coast of the Black Sea near the border of Georgia and Russia. Roza Khutor, a neighboring ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, hosted the alpine and Nordic events.Full Answer >
The modern Olympic Games last 16 days from opening to closing ceremonies. This includes both the Summer and Winter Games. During this time, athletes take part in over 300 events spanning 35 officially recognized Olympic sports.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds the world record for running the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds. He set the record in 2009 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.Full Answer >