I am sure I echo the thoughts of many around the world when I say what an awe-inspiring event the 2012 Olympiad was. A showcase of superb talent and skill that will be remembered for a long time to come. But more than that, the athletes from 204 countries showed the world what can be achieved with courage, discipline, determination and sheer hard work. Can we as writers learn anything from them? I hear a resounding “yes.”

I did not get any answers to my little quiz last week, but I’m going to post the answers here for anyone who is interested.

What are the colors of the rings on the Olympic flag?
Blue, yellow, black, green and red on a white ground

What do they signify?
The rings represent the five parts of the world that were joined together in the Olympic movement: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Baron de Coubertin designed the flag of the Olympics in 1913-1914.

Where was the Olympic flag first used? In what year?
In Antwerp, Belgium in the 1920 Olympic games

What is a kotinos?
A wreath of olive branches placed on the winner’s head

In what year did women first compete in the Olympics?
The FIRST time women competed at the Olympic Games was in 1900 in Paris.