Countdown to the 2012 Olympics: History of the Iconic Olympic Flag

The 2012 Olympics are taking place in Londonthis summer in less than 100 days. Brush up on your history of the iconic Olympic flag.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympics will be held at a variety of new venues, existing historical facilities, and temporary facilities; additionally, the Athletics, Paralympic Athletics, Opening and Closing ceremonies will be held at the newly constructed Olympic Stadium in east London. The summer Olympics will host a 300+ event sporting celebration with over 10,000 competitors from 205 nations.

In 1914, Pierre de Coubertin, a French educationalist, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee, created the Olympic Flag. The Olympic flag has five interconnected circles on a white background. The five circles on the flag from left to right are blue, yellow, black, green and red; these particular colors were chosen because at least one of the colors appears on the flag of every country in the world. The five interconnected circle symbolize the friendship to be gained after the Olympic competitions and represent the five significant continents. The flag was first flown at the 1920 Olympics.

Traditionally, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics begins with the Parade of Athletes, a march through the stadium where members participating in the competitions, led by the country’s delegation, hold a sign with the country’s name on it and the nation’s flag. Teams enter the stadium alphabetically, with the exception of Greece entering first, and the Olympic Host country entering last. The London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place on July 27, 2012, marking the beginning of the XXXth Olympiad.


Credit: Official website of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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