The Olympic Flag Origin

the origin of the olympic flag dates all the way back to 1914
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The Olympic flag is one of the most globally recognized flags. As soon as anyone sees those 5 rings they instantly think of the Olympics.

The very first Olympic games were in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

The Very first Olympic flag made its appearance in 1914 and ever since then it has united the world with competitive sporting events.

Throughout the article, we’ll take a deeper look into the history and interesting facts about the Olympic flag.

With that said let’s get into it!

Brief History

Originally made its first public appearance in Pairs of 1914 Olympic Congress, the Olympic flag has quickly gained traction as being the most recognized by the world. 

The flag was first flown at the Olympic games in 1920.

The Olympics came about with the saying “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

The flag has remained the same ever since it was first created back in 1914.

The Design

The Olympic flag keeps a very simple and traditional design. 

The flag consists of a white background with 5 interconnecting rings in the center. Each ring has a different color. From left to right it goes Blue, Red, Black, Green, And red.

Although a simple design, it has been well thought about why they kept it the way it is.


With a simple design in mind, they’ve put some time on what colors, and designs they wanted to go with.

The 5 rings represent each of the continents of the world.

But there are 7 total continents, so was this a mistake?

Although it would be crazy to have made a mistake like this, it wasn’t the case. They left out Antarctica because nobody lives there and nobody from there would compete. 

From there they combined America’s as one which makes up the 5 total rings of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, And the Americas.

The colors are there to represent the color of each of the countries competing at the time it was designed.

So although it was a simple design, every little detail was a well-thought-out process.


The Olympic flag was originally designed by the French Baron de Coubertin. He was a French educator and Historian. But more importantly, he was the founder of the International Olympic Committee.

He is commonly known as the Father of the modern Olympics.

Significant Locations

The Olympic flag has been flown all over the world including 19 different countries and 51 total Olympic games.

Final Thoughts

The Olympic flag is recognized by all of the World. The great part is that it connects everyone from the world and puts all the political dram to the side.

Designed by french Baron de Coubertin the Olympic flag has quickly caught the eyes of many and even brought the thrill of competitive sports to 19 different countries.

It’s pretty easy to see why the Olympic flag is so easily recognized.