Olympic Symbols and Flag

The Olympics have traditional symbols such as the Olympic rings and Olympic flame. Although each host city has their own unique Olympic symbol, it always contains a combination of the traditional symbols.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?

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As it says in the Olympic Charter, the five-ringed symbol "represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games." Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, conceived both the symbol and the flag. Symbolism of the Olympic Rings: The five interlocking rings represent the five continents brought together by the Olympic Movement, or the five main regions: Africa, the Americas (North and South America are combined), Asia, Europe and Oceania. The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. The colors of the rings represent the flags of the countries that participate in the Olympics. Every flag of a country participating in the Olympics includes one of those colors. The Meaning of the Colors on the Olympic Flag. The following is quoted directly from the International Olympic Committee: "The five rings represent the five continents. They are interlaced to show the universality of Olympism and the meeting of the athletes of the whole world during the Olympic Games. On the Olympic flag, the rings appear on a white background. This flag translates the idea of the universality of the Olympic Movement. At least one of the colors of the rings, including the white background, can be found on the flag of every nation in the world." The way in which the rings are interlaced has changed since the symbol was first introduced. They used to be depicted side-by-side, along a shallow arc. They are now drawn in the familiar offset pattern, with three above and two below. They are colored, from left to right: blue (top), yellow (bottom), black (top), green (bottom), and red (top). The five rings represent the five continents of Earth. The Five Rings on the Olympic Flag The rings on the Olympic flag represent the five continents of the world that have come together in the Olympic spirit. Every country in the world has at least one of the colors of the rings in their flag, blue, black and red (top colors) ・ yellow, green (bottom colors). They represent the five parts of the world (commonly referred to as continents): Asia, Americas, Africa, Europe, Oceania. Both the Americas were taken as one, Antarctica was not counted.
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What are the colors of the rings on the Olympic flag?

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The Olympic Flag has rings of Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red in order from left to right, on a white background. The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the center: blue, yellow, black, green and red. It represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time. Depends on what ring.
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Why were two Olympic Flames burning instead of one during the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid?

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Not certain on the exact answer, but back in the 1952 Oslo Olympics a flame was lit in the town of Morgedal, Norway (the Nordic flame). It was this flame that lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. This event also occurred prior to the 1980 Olympics (Lake Placid) and also before the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer). However at the 1994 Olympics the Nordic flame was combined with the Olympic flame and lit the Olympic cauldron. So at the 1980 Winter Olympics they may have used these two flames to light separate cauldrons persumably as a symbolic act of rememberance to the Nordic games which pre-dated the Winter Olympics. The Winter Olympic flame in 1952 (Italy) was lit from the eternal flame in Rome. Since 1994 only the Olympic flame has been used in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics mainly due to the fact that the Olympic relays have gone straight from Greece to the host country.
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Why are the Olympic rings blue yellow red green and black?

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To represent all of the countries of the world. You will find that every flag of the world includes at least one of those colors.
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What does each color of the Olympic rings stand for?

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Each of the 5 colors stand for the five inhabited continents of the world, (North and South America are classed as one) Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. No continent is represented by a color, but one of the colors are on every flag in the world.
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What continent does the red ring of the Olympic rings stand for?

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There is no specific corresponding continent towards each of the rings. One or more of the 5 colours (blue, red, black, yellow and green)are included in each of the flags that participate in the Olympics.
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What is the meaning of the Olympic torch and flame?

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The Olympic flame is a practice continued from the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia (Greece), a flame was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games. The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavor for perfection. In 1936, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Olympic Games, Carl Diem, suggested what is now the modern Olympic Torch relay. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic Torch is then passed from runner to runner from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city. The flame is then kept alight until the Games have concluded. The Olympic Torch relay represents a continuation from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympics.
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In Olympic Rings which colour represents which continent?

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I don't think the IOC considers them to recognize continents. It is said the five colors represent all the flags of the world at least one color appearing in every flag.
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Who was the first person to light the Olympic Torch?

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It was not a person. It was the sun with parabolic mirrors focused to a center point to ignite the flame.
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How many colors are in the olympic flag?

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There are 6 colours on the Olympic flag - blue, black, red, yellow, green and white.
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What was the first country to light the olympic flame?

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Athens In Greece the fist city to light the Olympic flame was ancient Greece
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When did the tradition of carrying the Olympic torch begin?

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the fire was reintroduced at the 1928 summer Olympics in Amsterdam when did it start i think it started in 1936 but that's when it became a tradition when it was in Berlin but Amsterdam started it but did not become a tradition
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Does the Olympic torch burn continuously or is it lit prior to each Olympics?

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the torch is lit 3-4 months before the date of the olympics. the relay then takes place and is taken to the new venue of the olympics.
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How much does the Olympic torch weigh?

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The Olympic torch weighs about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds).
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Why are the Olympic rings linked?

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The rings represent the five original continents, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the America's (not in that order). There is no 'real' answer to this but I believe they are linked because it is a time when athletes from all around the world gather in one place to join each other in the Olympic Games. Representing a world where there is global peace and prosperity as well as some fun.
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What is the significance of the Olympic flame?

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The Olympic Flame signifies the values of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics. The Olympic flame is one of the most important symbols of the Olympic Games. You can follow flame's journey from Olympia to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Along the way you can learn about Olympic history, geography, and mapping skills. Lighting the flame has been an important part of every Olympic opening ceremony since it was first used in Berlin in 1936. The idea of keeping a flame lit throughout the Games was first used by the ancient Greeks in Olympia. A few months before the opening of the Games, a ceremony is organized on the site of the original Games, the ancient sanctuary of Olympia. An actress dressed as a ceremonial priestess, in the robes of the ancient Greeks, lights the torch via the same technique used in the original Games. She uses a parabolic mirror to focus light rays from the sun. The parabolic mirror has a curved shape. When it is held toward the sun, the curvature focuses the rays to a single point. The energy from the sun creates a great deal of heat. The priestess holds a torch in the center of the parabolic mirror, and the heat ignites the fuel in the torch, sparking a flame. If the sun is not shining on the day of the lighting ceremony, the priestess can light the torch with a flame that was lit on a sunny day before the ceremony. The flame is carried in a fire pot to an altar in the ancient Olympic stadium, where it is used to light the first runner's torch. For the Winter Games, the relay actually begins at the monument to Pierre de Coubertin (the man who founded the modern Olympic games in 1896), which is located near the stadium. Read about this year's flame lighting here. When the first torch is lit, the relay begins. The flame is carried by relay all the way to its final destination. Although it is usually carried by runners on foot, other modes of transportation are also used. For air transportation, the flame is sheltered in a security lamp, similar to a miner's lamp. At night, the flame is kept in a special cauldron. The highlight of the opening ceremony of the Olympics is the entrance of the Olympic flame into the stadium. The final torchbearer is always a citizen of the host country whose identity is kept secret until the last moment. The final torchbearer does a lap around the stadium before lighting the huge cauldron with the Olympic flame. Pigeons are then released as a symbol of the peace in which the Olympic Games should take place. The flame remains lit for the duration of the Games.
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How is the Olympic torch lit?

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According to Wikipedia.com: " The Olympic Torch today is ignited several months before the opening celebration of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. Eleven women, representing the roles of priestesses, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror. "
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Why are the Olympic rings those colors?

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the Olympic rings represent passion, faith, victory, work ethic and sportsmanship