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Considered the world's foremost sports competition, the Olympics bring together thousands of athletes from around the world to compete. This summer, the summer Olympic games are taking place in Tokyo, Japan. Would you like to compete in the Olympic games?!

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Olympic Facts

  • “United by Emotion” is the official motto for Tokyo 2020; it's a universal call for diversity and inclusion.

  •  The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch is designed after the shape of a cherry blossom.

  • The Olympic Torch Relay is not an ancient tradition: it started in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The unlit Olympic torch has also been taken to space several times.

  • At this Olympics, futuristic robots will welcome athletes, interact with visitors, and provide remote viewing to people who are not physically present at Games-related venues.

  •  In an effort to reduce the Olympics  carbon footprint, Japan produced 5,000 Olympic medals from 78,985 tons of donated recycled electronic devices and 6.21 million mobile phones. 

  • The Olympics were inspired by the Olympic Games held in Olympia Green from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. These games lasted 6 months and were held every four years for 12 centuries until they were banned by Emperor Theodosius I. The athletic tradition was resurrected in 1896 in Greece.

  • Currently, Olympics are typically held every four years, with Summer and Winter Olympics alternating every two years.

  • The official languages of the games are English and French, complemented by the official language of the host country.

  • The Olympics motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius," which translates to "Faster, Higher, Stronger."

  • Women were allowed to compete starting in 1900. The 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which all participating countries sent female athletes.Only five countries have been represented at every modern-era Summer Olympic Games: Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Australia. 

  • Only three modern Olympic Games have been cancelled; the 2020 Olympics were postponed.

  • Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games competed in the nude. "Gymnasium" comes from  the Greek root "gymnos" that means "nude."

  • Sports that are no longer part of the Olympics: solo synchronized swimming, tug of war, rope climbing, hot air ballooning, dueling pistol, tandem bicycle, swimming obstacle race, and plunge for distance.

  • The youngest Olympian in the modern era is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the 1896 Athens Olympics at the age of 10. The oldest Olympic medalist in history is Lida Peyton “Eliza” Pollock, who was 66 years old when she won a bronze medal in the women’s double Columbia round in archery and a gold medal in the women’s team round in the 1904 Olympic Games.

  • The United States has the most Olympic medals. Michael Phelps has won the most medals: 28 (including 23 gold medals).


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The Summer Olympics are being played in Japan this year, but who says you can't also have your own Olympic Games at home?! Set up a Room Olympics game night or an indoor or outdoor obstacle course. Embrace the Olympics motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius, which translates to Faster, Higher, Stronger!




Design is all around us! A great example of a design that's all over the world is the flag. Every country has one and each is unique in its own specific way. During the Olympics, how many countries can you recognize by their flags? 


The stars in the U.S.A. flag represent the 50 states of the Union and the thirteen horizontal stripes represent the original 13 Colonies. The color red is symbolic of hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocents, and blue represents justice, perseverance and vigilance.


Analyze a flag of your choice. What does the design of the flag mean? How are dots, lines, shapes, colors and images used in the design? 

Design a flag of your own. It can be a flag representing your family, a sports team or other group you relate to.

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The Olympic logo is one of the most recognizable graphics in the world. The interlocking rings of the Olympic flag was created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the co-founder of the modern Olympic games. Of the logo design, he said, “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.”

Each Olympics, the hosting country creates a graphic system that incorporates the logo but is also specific to them. Do you think the current Olympic graphics distinctly reflect Japan? The official 2020 Olympics logo is a geometric pattern that represents diversity – the coming together of different countries, cultures, and ways of thinking. The dark blue color references the elegance and sophistication of Japan. 

Visual Meaning

  • Circle or ring = represent unified, ongoing, and continuous

  • Five rings = represent the five participating contents of Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania.

  • Color: blue, green, yellow, black, and red were selected because at least one of those colors appeared on all the national flags of the world. 

  • Overlapping = coming together, united; the interaction of countries

An enduring and icon logo created from only circles! It seems so basic, right? Try you hand at designing your own logo using simple shapes. What meaning can you bring to their interaction?

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The uniforms athletes wear aren't just fashionable, they are also designed from head to toe with specific requirements. For instance, a gymnast's uniform must allow a range of motion, stay in place, and allow for twists, flexibility, tension, and pressure. Runners needs specific shoes designed to maximize their running form and speed. A swimmer's uniform would have its own set of parameters.

Take our design challenge and design a uniform for an athlete of your choice. American architect Louis Sullivan coined the phrase, "form follows function," meaning the design of an object should reflect its purpose. What is the purpose of the Olympic uniform? Beyond its physical requirements, are their emotional ones for the user too?

Get psyched, grab a pencil and paper, and start designing!

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  • The Japanese islands consist of 4 main islands and many smaller isles – over 6,800 islands in total. In size, Japan is slightly smaller than the state of California. 

  • Japan is the most densely populated country in the world. The population of Japan is126.5 million people

  • The highest mountain in Japan is Mount Fuji, a dormant volcano, which is 12,388 feet high and last erupted in 1707. 

  • The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. In April, the trees flower for two weeks, this period is known as Hanami. The national symbol is the red sun disk (as shown on the national flag), the national bird is the green pheasant, the national fish: Japanese koi fish 


  • Tokyo is the largest city in Japan and has over 13 million inhabitants. 

  • Tokyo was formerly known as Edo in the 20th century. The name was changed to Tokyo in 1890 in light of the Meiji Restoration.

  • The Tokyo Tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-Koen district. 

  • Tokyo is known for its high end and adventurous fashion and restaurant scenes.

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