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by Zach Harden, 21 March 2001.
Now that the celebration of the 19th Olympic Winter Games is over, it's asif the Olympic Movement started wearing a dull winter fur, hardly showing any colour at all. But during Salt Lake 2002 flags were flying everywhere.
by Mark Sensen
The Olympic flag was visible everywhere. During the Opening Ceremony
the flag was carried into the stadium, where it remained hoisted for the
duration of the games. It was also flown at each Olympic event, in the
Olympic Village, and all over Salt Lake. And finally, during the
Closing Ceremony the Oslo Flag was passed on to the Mayor of
Turin, where the
20th Olympic Winter Games will be held
The Olympic games in Salt Lake city have their own emblem, and hence
their own flag based on it. Also, millions of
people saw during the Opening Ceremony how a series of ice skaters bore
into the stadium flags representing each previous Winter Games. The
flags were approximately 2:5, with the last unit of the length
tapering into three tails. Each had the year of the represented games
in white along the hoist, and the name of their host city in black
along the length of the flag. Starting with a blueish white flag for
Chamonix 1924, the flags of more recent games had progressively more
solid and warmer field colours, with the final flag showing
"2002 Salt Lake" on bright red and orange colours.
by Edward Mooney
At each Opening Ceremony the first flag to enter the stadium in the
Parade of Flags is the flag of Greece. And at
each Closing Ceremony, when the Olympic flag is passed on to the next
host of the Olympic Games a Greek flag is hoisted to symbolize their
During the Openings Ceremony all the teams paraded into the stadium behind their flags. During the games the flags of each participating country flew at each event. Finally, during the Closing Ceremony the flags ware paraded in once more. The flags and teams paraded in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country, except for Greece as the origin of the Olympic Games which always leads the parade, and the United States of America as the host country which closed the parade. The flags themselves all had the same size, and all had the ratio 2:3, the same shape as the Olympic flag. An exception to this was the flag of Nepal, which isn't rectangular. This flag had the ratio prescribed by Nepal law.
Those watching the ceremonies saw the flags and athletes enter the stadium in this order:
Those watching the closing ceremony saw that
Puerto Rico (PUR), with its only participant
being found ineligible before participating, no longer took
part in the parade. The number of flags remained the same, however,
as Costa Rica (CRC), with a late entry,
joined the parade at the closing ceremony.
by Conrad Suckow, 8 August 1999
Since the United States are the host country of Salt Lake 2002, the
national flag of the United States can been seen
at every Olympic event. At the Opening Ceremony first the American
flag that flew at the World Trade Center was carried into the statium,
and a flag of the United States was raised, then during the Parade of
Flags, the flag of the United States was the last one to enter the
stadium, representing the host country.
by Zeljko Heimer, 5 June 1996, modified by Jan Oskar Engene, 11 April 1998 and António Martins, 10 October 1999
In ancient times an Olympic Truce was pledged for the duration of the
Olympic Games. Since 1993 the UN have restored this tradition, and
every two years, before the Winter or Summer Games are held, the
General Assembly of the United Nations calls on all states and all
international and national organizations to observe an Olympic Truce,
starting one week before the Olympic Games are opened, and lasting
until one week after the Olympic Games are closed.
To signify the Olympic Truce, and to recognize that both the United Nations and the Olympic Movement strive for peace and understanding among all nations and people, at the Olympic Games the UN flag is flown at each Olympic event.
International Olympic Committee Website, July 2000
2 Olympic Charter - International Olympic Committee, 12 December 1999
3 Zach Harden, 2001
4 Thomas Binder, 31 March 2002