If you ask any random person if they know what the 5 rings of the Olympics symbol actually stand for, I can bet they’re going to say “I have read about it, but can’t recall it now”. Well, let me help you sound smart the next time someone asks.
The symbol was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who is the co-founder of the modern Olympic Games. The symbol composes of 5 rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red, on a white background. According to Coubertine, the ring colours with the white background stand those colours that appear on the flags of the countries that participated in the first ever Olympic games.
Coubertine stated that the six colours (including the white background), combined in this way reproduce the colours of every country. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri-colors of France, England, America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Hungary, and the yellow and red of Spain, are placed together with the innovations of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan, and with new China.
Interesting, isn’t it? Now there’s some information you can flaunt on your next date!