America has refused the Olympic tradition of dipping its flag to the host country since…. 1908.
Most Olympic teams briefly lower their colors as a sign of respect when they march past the box where the host nation’s leaders are seated. The U.S. does not.
When the Americans pick a flag bearer for the 2012 London Olympics this week, he or she almost certainly will be advised to uphold a tradition that dates back more than a century.
According to popular legend, shotputter Ralph Rose set the tone at the 1908 Summer Games — also held in London — when he supposedly proclaimed: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”
[Photo: Mark Grimmette leads the U.S. team into BC Place for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Robert Gauthier/LAT]
I think this is kind of cool but I especially condone it this year.
that’s really douchey
what the hell america
that ain’t cool bro
“The U.S. basically does what it wants when it comes to the Olympics,” he said. “I don’t see anything changing.”
WHATEVER, WE DO WHAT WE WANT! Especially this year don’t dip it because hello country that oppressed you historically? Of course they weren’t going to dip it.
Oh, how cute, you think you’re the only place that’s ever historically been oppressed by Britain.