Five rings linked together represent the sporting friendship of all people. They symbolize 5 geographic areas: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Each ring is a different color - blue, yellow, black, green or red.
"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 essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
"Citius, Altius, Fortius." (Latin)
"Swifter, Higher, Stronger."
"In the name of all competitors I promise that we will take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."
The modern version of the flame was adopted in 1936. The torch used to kindle it is first lit by the sun's rays at Olympia, Greece, then carried to the site of the Games by relays of runners.