Those of you who know me also know that I am not competitive and have about as little interest in sports that anyone could have so you are probably surprised to here I am looking forward to the Olympics but it’s not for the reason you might think.
These last few days with the killings and injuries in Aurora, the Penn State announcements, the ongoing disfunction in congress and the negative presidential race have left me bummed out and negative thinking and I don’t like feeling like that.
My hope is that the Olympics will give the news media something positive to talk about and get away from all this negative news. I know they have to report on some of it but it can get oppressive. Let’s just not have any more bad stuff happen.
I can be happy thinking about all the great athletes who compete and win medals. Even if someone does not win a medal they should be very proud to have gotten to the point in their athletic career where they made it to the Olympics. I look forward to the opening and closing ceremonies, which I will record and aquatics, gymnastics and figure skating events. I might even be persuaded to record the Today show for their coverage. I have been been a long time viewer of the Today show but over the last few months it has very few stories I am interested in and the way they handled the Ann Curry departure was the last straw. Meredith Vieira will be doing some of the Olympic coverage and I like her. Lets hope for a peaceful, uneventful event.
Here is some information about the Olympic rings from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_do_the_Olympic_rings_represent
Despite popular misconceptions there is no link between the ring colors and a continent, the colors simply came from those colors that appeared on all the national flags of the world at that time. The five-ringed symbol “represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.” Baron Pierre de Coubertin conceived both the symbol and the flag. Not coincidentally, Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic Movement.
Symbolism of the Olympic Rings:
The five interlocking rings represent the five continents brought together by the Olympic Movement, or the five main regions: Africa, the Americas (North and South America are combined), Asia, Europe and Oceania. As it says in the Olympic Charter, the five-ringed symbol “represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.” The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. The colors of the rings represent the flags of the countries that participate in the Olympics. Every flag of a country participating in the Olympics includes one of those colors.
Meaning of the Colors on the Olympic Flag:
The following is quoted directly from the IOC: “The five rings represent the five continents. They are interlaced to show the universality of Olympism and the meeting of the athletes of the whole world during the Olympic Games. On the Olympic flag, the rings appear on a white background. This flag translates the idea of the universality of the Olympic Movement. At least one of the colors of the rings, including the white background, can be found on the flag of every nation in the world.”
The way in which the rings are interlaced has changed since the symbol was first introduced. They used to be depicted side-by-side, along a shallow arc. They are now drawn in the familiar offset pattern, with three above and two below. They are colored, from left to right: blue (top), yellow (bottom), black (top), green (bottom), and red (top).