Have you ever wondered to find out more about the origins and history of Olympic traditions? In this post, you’ll find answers to a lot of these inquiries.
Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914 and first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games, the Olympic flag has five interconnected rings over a white background. The five colored rings symbolize the five continents and are interconnected to emphasize the friendship to be strengthen from these international competitions. The rings, from left to right, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red because at least one of these colors appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was.
The Olympic Motto
In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, creator of the modern Olympic Games, used a Latin phrase borrowed from his friend, to create the Olympic motto with three words: Citius, Altius, Fortius.
The Olympic Oath
Pierre de Coubertin created an oath for the athletes to make appearance at opening ceremony of each Olympic Games. In which, one athlete is the ambassador recites the oath on behalf of all others. The Olympic oath was first recited during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. The Olympic Oath content states, “On behalf of all competitors, I promise that we shall participate in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules with the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glorious victory of sport and the honor of our teams and country.”
The Olympic Creed
Pierre de Coubertin was inspired by a speech of Bishop Ethelbert Talbot during an Olympic event for the champions during the 1908 Olympic Games which states: “In the Olympic Games, the most important thing is not about winning. It’s about joining, and competing at their best. Similar to the most important thing in life is not the triumph, it’s the struggle.”