The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organized, universal and permanent family, carried out under the authority of the International Olympic Committee, by all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. Through education and programming, the movement blends sport with culture to create a standard of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

The Olympic Movement represents the belief in grassroots successes and podium triumphs, and the strength of sport to unify communities, nations and the world.

As the steward of the Olympic Movement in the United States, the U.S. Olympic Committee is responsible for preparing athletes for the challenges they face. The USOC is committed to providing the support and training services athletes need to excel and realize their full potential. No matter if U.S. athletes win gold or struggle in its pursuit, the USOC’s goal is to make sure they are better citizens for participating in the Olympic Movement.

The U.S. Olympic Movement is built on the following core values:

  • Excellence: Giving one’s best, on the field of play or in life
  • Friendship: Building a peaceful and better world through solidarity, team spirit, joy and optimism in sport
  • Respect: Respect for oneself and one’s body, respect for one another, for the rules as well as the environment


Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining the qualities of body, will and mind in a balanced whole. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values.

Olympic Creed

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

Olympic Motto

"Citius, Altius, Fortius" is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Braver,” but is universally accepted to mean “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.”

Olympic Rings

The Olympic symbol — five interlocked rings — represents the union of Africa, America, Asia, Oceania and Europe, and the meeting of the athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. The five colors of the rings from left to right are blue, black and red across the top, and yellow and green along the bottom. The colors of the rings were chosen because at least one of these colors can be found in the flag of every nation.