Symbols are one of the main types of communication that we have in modern society. We can see a sign and immediately understand what it stands for but we rarely know how that image started to have that meaning. Of course, logos are symbols and they hold a meaning behind them that was carefully thought of before they were introduced to the world, especially if it is going to be worldwide, like the Olympics rings.
From children to senior adults, everyone knows that if you see five colorful rings interlaced you have to think about these important sports competitions but why are circles and athletics-related?
Why Are The Olympic Rings Entangled?
Well, it actually is pretty simple. Each ring represents every continent and the mix of the colors together embodies all of the athletes that are part of the competition along with all the nations combined, without exception, as to what Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympic Movement and designer of the logo wanted to be.
Though this old tradition is part of humanity since the VIII century, this logo has existed since 1913, when the rings were first shown standing from a white background, and since that year, it has been a little bit modified according to the demographics and the year of the next celebration.
Now, there are seven official logos, but all of them keep the specific order of the colors: blue, black, and red for Europe, Africa, and the Americas respectively on the top, while Asia and Oceania are represented by yellow and green on the bottom.
What Do The Olympic Rings Stand For?
The colors are meant to illustrate the universality of the event since all flags in the world contain at least two of the colors. Sometimes all of them can be in the previously mentioned colors or all white on a black background.
The whole Olympic movement holds a lot of visuals and traditions that are respected during every celebration, all of them have different stories, like the inaugural flaming torch that symbolizes the race from the past to the present or the rest of the “Olympic properties”, but all of them are equally important.
The Olympic Rings are used all around the world in flags, shirts, bags, or caps, and they symbolize the same thing in every country. They are one of the few things that every person shares at the same time, whenever it is Olympic Games time and most people’s interests are matching: the love for Olympism, the philosophy that combines sports and culture.