Olympic Color: A Simple Definition

Olympic symbol

The Olympic is a familiar name to all of us. The Olympics are actually a sports festival in which enthusiastic people compete in different sports from different countries.

Historians believe that the Olympics were first built in ancient Greece by men who possessed the necessary wealth and power. In this way, they can pay their respects to Zeus.

statue of five women with running torches wearing clothes in the color of the rings of the Olympic symbol

In the 19th century, the sports festival was revived and became more like today. In fact, the Olympic Games were officially held in Athens. Then, after each four-year period, it is held in one country.

In addition, the Olympics are related to colors, and it is interesting to know that colors have been used very cleverly in their symbols and signs.

Let’s learn more about Olympic colors:

Olympic rings which color represents which continent

Also. the Olympic symbol is locked together by five colored rings. These rings are red, green, black, yellow and blue, respectively. Moreover, all the rings are on a white background.

five rings of Olympic symbol with colors red, green, black, yellow, blue

The colors of these rings each symbolize one of the continents. From the right, it includes red (Amaranth) for the Americas (North and South), green (Salem) for Europe, (Black) for Africa, yellow (Supernova) for Asia, and finally blue (Bandi Blue) for Oceania. The north and south continents are also white in the background. In 1928, the symbol was first used in the Moritz Winter Games.

The colors of these rings each symbolize one of the continents. blue for Oceania, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, green for Europe and red for America.

What do the Olympic rings stand for?

These rings, with the colors they take on, each symbolize a continent of the world. In addition, the rings are locked together, which is a symbol of unity and connection between different people in the world, with any nationality!

Also, the colors chosen for each ring are very accurate. Because there is at least one of the five colors in the rings in the flags of all available countries. In fact, it is a symbol that all countries can participate in these competitions.

Olympic gold medal with five interlocking rings engraved on it.

What is the story of the Olympic flame?

The story of the Olympic flame begins in Greece. Several months before the opening of the Olympic Games, a flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, under the auspices of the IOC. Why? The reason is clear, the Greek Olympia is a place to connect the ancient Olympic Games and its modern Games.

In this way, they bring the flame to the host city for the Olympic Games for a few weeks. How? This flame is usually brought to the destination city by runners and on foot. But the use of other forms of transportation can not be ignored. The Olympic flame is a symbol of positive values. The Olympic torch relay also conveys a message of peace and friendship.

the image of a person standing on top of a mountain with a stick over which a flame is placed

What is the Olympic Creed and Motto?

Olympic Creed:

The first bishop of Pennsylvania, Ethelbert Talbot, made a speech that later inspired Pierre de Coubertin. He spoke at a ceremony held in 1908 by the British government, relying on these words and making a slight change in them, which later became known as the Olympic creed. Which is:

“The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”

Olympic Motto:

The main motto of the Olympics is derived from Latin words. And it goes like this: Citius, Altius, Fortius. Which in English means faster, higher and stronger, respectively. The slogan was first used in 1881 by a Dominican priest named Henri Didon, while he was speaking at the opening of a sporting event.

Pierre de Coubertin was also present that day. This led him to put the slogan at the forefront of the Olympic movement in 1894 and to oblige everyone to adhere to it, not only technically but also morally.

But at the International Olympic Committee meeting on July 20, 2021, the Olympic slogan underwent a slight change. This change pointed to the importance of solidarity in the Olympics. Thus, the Olympic motto was changed to “Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communiter”, which is called “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together” in English.

the Olympic motto means Citius, Altius and Fortuis in a stadium.

Olympic flag colors

The Olympic flag also has a white background and the same 5 colored rings that I described. Indeed, the symbol of the Olympics, in a way, represents the Olympic flag.

If necessary, sometimes the same Olympic symbol, i.e. 5 interlocking rings, is used, but in a way that the rings are monochromatic, it is used for the flag. In this way, you can create 6 types of flags with monochrome rings in red, green, black, yellow, blue and white and use it if necessary.

Olympic flag color with a white background and five colored rings raised.

Summer Olympics 2020: TOKYO

After the First and Second World Wars, which prevented the Olympics from being held.  With a one-year delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are taking place this summer. And the opening ceremony was held at Tokyo National Stadium.

Due to the corona epidemic in the world, not only was the Olympics delayed by a year, but there were no spectators to watch the games, and only the organizers, athletes of various disciplines and members of the media were present in the stadium.

At the opening ceremony, the flag of Japan as the host country was placed higher than the other flags. This year’s Olympic flag was chosen with the same 5 colored rings.

the flag of summer Olympic Tokyo 2020 with a white background and five rings of the Olympic symbol and written by Tokyo 2020


Therefore, the Olympic symbol is a symbol to unite all individuals and athletes from different parts of the world.
You see! Colors are so powerful that they can be used to unite the people of a country.

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