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What do the rings on the Olympic flag represent?

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The rings on the Olympic flag represent the five continents that take part in every Olympic Games. The rings are interlocking because it symbolizes unity between all the countries taking part in the Olympic Games. The colors of the rings, blue, black, red, yellow and green, and also the white background come from all of the flags of the countries that took part when the flag was designed in 1912.

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The Olympic flag was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. He originally intended to propose the flag at the 1914 Olympic Congress, but the onset of World War I shelved his plans. Eventually, the Olympic flag was adopted and used for the first time at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. The Olympic flag has been used in every Summer and Winter Olympic Games since.

Coubertin first came up with the idea of five interlocking rings for the Olympic flag when he was the president of the French delegation at the International Olympic Committee. It is thought that he took inspiration from Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist who was of the view that a ring symbolized human unity, which was the main objective for Coubertin when he set up the modern Olympic Games.

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    Why are there five Olympic rings?

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    The five Olympic rings in the Olympic games symbol are a representation of the coming together of the five continents into one worldwide athletic competition. The rings are colored black, blue, yellow, green and red. The colors do not represent a specific continent.

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

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    The five linked rings on the Olympic symbol stand for the five continents that participate in the Olympics: Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America (considered as one continent) and Australia/Oceania. The colors of the rings do not signify individual continents, however. Instead, they represent an amalgamation of the colors appearing on the national flags of all the countries that participated in the Olympics as of 1912, when the flag was designed.

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    Why are the Olympic rings linked?

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    The five multicolored Olympic rings are linked because they symbolize the unity of athletes from all parts of the world who participate and compete against one another at the Olympic Games, according to Olympics Go for the Gold. These rings represent the union of the five continents. Moreover, they are interlinked to show that all nations are free to participate in the games.

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

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