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What do the Olympic rings mean?

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The Olympic rings symbolize the joining of the five continents and their union by meeting to compete at the Olympic Games. The colors of the Olympic rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red, but these colors do not represent the colors of the five continents.

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What do the Olympic rings mean?
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A French Baron, Pierre de Coubertin, designed the rings for the Olympic Games. The five interlacing rings lie on a white background. The colors of the Olympic rings, along with the background of white, represent all the colors of the flags of those nations participating in the Games during this time. The official Olympic flag, complete with the five colored rings on a white background, was flown for the first time during the seventh Olympic Games at Antwerp in 1920.

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