We are all used to seeing the Olympic flag with the rings interlocking, but what many people don't know is what the meaning behind those iconic rings is. They were designed by Pierre Coubertin, who is also responsible for starting the modern version of the Olympic games. His original goal was to incorporate more physical education in schools for the kids. It is amazing how far the games have come since they first began in 1912.
- The design. The design of the rings was very deliberate. They are interlocking to show unity among the athletes who are competing. The Olympic rings are also interlocking to show unity among the continents and the contries competing in the games.
- The five rings. There are five rings in the design as we all know. This was a representation of the five continents that were inhabited at the time of the original games. There are also some people who beleived that the five rings represented the five Olympic games that had already been completed when the logo was designed.
- The colors. There are six colors represented in the rings and in the background. These colors represent the colors that are on all of the flags around the world at the time the logo was designed. There is also a myth that each color represents a continent, but this was found to be just a myth. Coubertin never gave any indication that any of the colors was a spefic representation.
- Why rings? Coubertin got his idea for the rings from a logo used by the USFSA, a French organization in charge of their competive sports. He took their logo of two interlocking rings and expanded it for his symbol of the Olympics.