Iconic images from the Olympic Games
Explore images of Olympic history as celebrated in Time Out's book Olympic Games Through a Lens
Young women take part in a display at the Berlin games. The five interlaced rings were first seen at the top of a 1913 letter by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the IOC president from 1896 to 1925 and a driving force behind the revival of the modern Olympics. By 1914 he had incorporated them into a flag with a white background, though it was never his intention that the five rings should represent each continent. This symbol of international unity is now recognised across the world.
Find more memorable images and fascinating stories in Time Out's new book, 'Olympic Games Through a Lens', which is currently available in the Time Out Shop. The book is a photographic survey of the history of the Olympic Games to date, from Athens 1896 to Beijing 2008.