The Birth of the Olympic Rings
The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, also created the Olympic Rings. Coubertin wrote a letter on July 15, 1913, and drew and colored the Rings on it by hand. This letter, pictured here, was the first time the Rings had ever been seen.
Soon after, the Rings made their debut on their first flag. It was made by the department store Le Bon Marché in Paris in 1913 based on a design by Coubertin. The flag was presented to the Paris Congress in 1914.
Pictured is another very early Olympic flag. This one was raised in Alexandria, Egypt, on the 5th of April 1914 (100 years ago today). It was in Chatby stadium at a sporting event commemorating 20 years since the founding of the modern Olympic Games.
“The Olympic flag […] has a white background with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red […]. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.” - Pierre de Coubertin

The Birth of the Olympic Rings

The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, also created the Olympic Rings. Coubertin wrote a letter on July 15, 1913, and drew and colored the Rings on it by hand. This letter, pictured here, was the first time the Rings had ever been seen.

Soon after, the Rings made their debut on their first flag. It was made by the department store Le Bon Marché in Paris in 1913 based on a design by Coubertin. The flag was presented to the Paris Congress in 1914.

Pictured is another very early Olympic flag. This one was raised in Alexandria, Egypt, on the 5th of April 1914 (100 years ago today). It was in Chatby stadium at a sporting event commemorating 20 years since the founding of the modern Olympic Games.

“The Olympic flag […] has a white background with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red […]. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.” - Pierre de Coubertin

Pets of Olympians!

Olympians and their best buddies!

When she isn’t skiing, Australia’s Emily Bamford likes to cuddle with Django.

Team USA ice hockey forward Jocelyne Lamoureux won silver in in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. When she isn’t competing, she relaxes with George.

Canadian freestyle skier Keltie Hansen is always happy to come home to Jazz.

Slovakian freestyle skier Natália Šlepecká has had Elza for more than 12 years.

Japanese figure skater Miki Ando is crazy about her dog Pocky.

Australian taekwondo athlete Ryan Carneli likes to spend time with Bamm Bamm and Pebbles.

Team USA snowboarder Scotty Lago won bronze in Vancouver 2010, but he lets Camo drive.

Italian rower Elia Luini won silver in Sydney 2000 but thinks his cat has all the luck.

“I always want to ride because it’s so much fun. At the moment I’m riding five horses a day. But, it used to be seven or eight horses.“ — Anky van Grunsven

Anky van Grunsven, The Netherlands’ three-time Olympic gold medalist, talks about her incredible career and whether she might compete again in Rio 2016.

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Six Delicious Breakfasts of Olympians!

Ever wonder how Olympians get their days started?

South African swimmer Chad Le Clos is a pancake fan.

Team USA bobsledder Aja Evans indulged while on a tropical getaway.

South Korean freestyle skier Jae-Woo Choi tried something new in Norway.

Team GB short track skater Richard Shoebridge had an Olympic cupcake!

Belgian swimmer Pieter Timmers says his day only starts good with a good breakfast.

Norwegian freestyle skier Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen really loves waffles!

“For me, riding a bike is about the freedom that you get from producing your own power to move, basically. You’re out on the open road. You travel for miles and miles. Everywhere I go, I get to see a lot of that area because I’m on two wheels and I’m seeing it all.”

— Lizzie Armitstead, silver-medal winning road cyclist

Go behind the scenes with Lizzie. Learn about her love of cycling and the pre-race preparations done by her team.

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