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The Olympic Creed reads: "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."The Olympic Flame The Olympic flame is a practice continued from the ancient Olympic Games.
The Olympic Oath Pierre de Coubertin wrote an oath for the athletes to recite at each Olympic Games.
During the opening ceremonies, one athlete recites the oath on behalf of all the athletes.
The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Motto In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius ("Swifter, Higher, Stronger").
The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavor for perfection.
In 1936, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Olympic Games, Carl Diem, suggested what is now the modern Olympic Torch relay.
The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
Real Gold Medals The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
The Medals The Olympic medals are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city's organizing committee.
The Olympic Hymn The Olympic Hymn, played when the Olympic Flag is raised, was composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Kostis Palamas.
The Olympic Hymn was first played at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens but wasn't declared the official hymn by the IOC until 1957.
The Official Olympic Flag Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background.