Happy Olympic Day!




Colonial India inspired by own flag before winning Olympic gold medal

As India was a British colony, its athletes had to march behind Great Britain's flag at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. But in the dressing room before their final match against Germany, India's hockey team saluted the tricolor flag of the Indian National Congress. The team went on to win 8-1, with Dhyan Chand scoring six goals playing barefoot, to claim the gold medal. 



Same flag, different countries...

When Liechtenstein made its Olympic debut at Berlin in 1936 they discovered that the country's flag of two equal horizontal bands of blue on the top and red was identical to that of Haiti. It led to a crown being added to the top left hand corner of Liechtenstein's flag the following year to differentiate it. But it was not until 1976 that it got hoisted at an Olympic medal ceremony when Hanni Wenzel won a bronze in the giant slalom at the Winter Games in Innsbruck.