A semanas de que dé inicio la mayor justa deportiva en el mundo, los Juegos Olímpicos 2012, los Aros Olímpicos siguen circundando el Río Tamesis. Hace aproximadamente 150 días (en febrero de 2012) el GLA (sus siglas en inglés que significan The Greater London Authority) lanzó esta majestuosa estructura de 11 metros de altura por 25 metros de ancho sobre los río Támesis.

Los Aros estuvieron a la 'Tower Bridge', la Barrera del Támesis y el Old Royal Naval College de Greenwich, dando aviso a los londinenses y a todo el mundo, que estamos por vivir la mayor justa olímpica.

Pero, ¿qué significado tienen los Anillos Olímpicos?

Son el principial símbolo de los Juegos Olímpicos, ellos han circundado el Río Tamesis, en Londres, para anunciar la llegada este verano de las Olimpiadas en Londres.

Sin embargo, su historia, no es tan conocida. La historia de los JJOO nos señala que los Anillos (o Aros) Olímpicos se remontan a 1913 cuando Pierre de Coubertin, en la Revue Olympique de agosto, informó del símbolo que sería usado para el Congreso Olímpico de París, en 1914.

Este emblema elegido para ilustrar el Congreso Mundial de 1914 fueron cinco anillos de diferentes colores (azul, amarillo, negro, verde y rojo) entrelazados sobre un color blanco de papel.

Los cinco aros representan las cinco partes del mundo que se unen fraternamente en el deporte y que han aceptado competir sanamente.

Según el Comité Olímpico Internacional, los anillos olímpicos representan la universalidad de los Juegos, basados en la idea de que al menos uno de los cinco colores de la bandera olímpica están en todas las banderas de los países del mundo (dato retomado de Wikipedia)

No obstante, la idea de que cada anillo y su color representan a uno de los cinco continentes sigue siendo muy popular, aún cuando el COI lo rechaza.

La idea sobre los aros y los colores consiste en representar a todas las naciones y sus banderas, por ejemplo, el azul y el amarillo de Suecia, el azul y el blanco de Grecia, los tricolores franceses, el británicos, estadounidenses, alemanes, belgas, italianos y húngaros; el amarillo y el rojo de España yacen junto a las nuevas banderas brasileñas y australianas y a las del antiguo Japón y la joven China.



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  • Volunteers wait outside the Olympic Park in London, Monday, July 23, 2012. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Fotos de la Llama Olímpica:

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  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: The Olympic Torch is seen in front of a London Bus as a torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: The Olympic Torch is seen in detail as a torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: A torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch on a London Bus through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • The LOCOG handout photo shows torchbearer Fabrice Muamba lightning the cauldron on the Torch Relay leg between the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Flame arrives at the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Joe Giddens)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The photo provided by LOCOG shows torchbearers Nadia Comaneci, right, and John Amaechi posing with the Olympic Torch on the viewing platform of the North Greenwich Arena, London, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Gareth Fuller)

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    Sir Robin Knox Johnson, 73, right, runs with the Olympic torch past the Cutty Sark ship, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Greenwich, London. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Dame Kelly Holmes lights her torch as Marine Martyn Williams holds the flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 20, 2012 in London, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 63 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

  • Robin Knox Johnson

    Sir Robin Knox Johnson, 73, runs with the Olympic torch past the Cutty Sark ship, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Greenwich, London. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    British Royal Marine Commando Martyn Williams abseils with the Olympic Flame from a helicopter down to the Tower of London, on July 20, 2012. The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday to tour the capital before it plays a starring role in the opening ceremony in one week's time. AFP PHOTO / Andrew Cowie (Photo credit should read Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's former athlete Dame Kelly Holm

    Britain's former athlete Dame Kelly Holmes poses for pictures after receiving the Olympic Flame at the Tower of London, on July 20, 2012. The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday to tour the capital before it plays a starring role in the opening ceremony in one week's time. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds an urn carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros Gianniotis runs with the Olympic flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO/ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Actresses perform during the lighting ceremony on May 10, 2012 in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece today, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actresses, acting as priestesses perform

    Actresses, acting as priestesses perform on May 10, 2012 during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess, holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros G

    The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros Gianniotis runs with the Olympic flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess, passes the Olympic flame to the first torch bearer, swimmer Spyros Gianniotis on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actresses perform a Greek ancient dance

    Actresses perform a Greek ancient dance during the lighting ceremony on May 10, 2012 in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)