questionsdo you know why team usa won't dip the flag at…


Nope. Our flag stays up. Same reason POTUS -doesn't- shouldn't bow to foreign leaders. Don't need an excuse, don't need a reason.


Did not know that! Thanks for sharing it though.


@dcalotta: American Presidents do bow to foreign leaders, they have also kissed them on the lips, puked in their laps (my cat thinks that is a sign of endearment), and walked down the street holding hands. So dipping a flag as a mark of respect is not a big deal.


I've heard of this before, and am aware of its origins. As a patriotic American, kudos to us. However, since the Olympics are intended to be a respectful ceremony for all nations participating, it wouldn't bother me if we began dipping our flag again. As far as I'm concerned we're there solely to show-off our nation's athletic abilities, and should respect every nation doing the same. Politics and everything else should be put on hold to create a peaceful and fair environment for everyone.


I don't think any of the nations at the Olympics should feel obligated to dip their flag.


@atd15: Obligatory you love Hitler comment. And invocation of Godwin's Law.

And on a real note, I don't mean it, it's Friday and I'm just feeling silly.


I thought this rule dated from the post revolutionary period when other nations thought they could kick us and take what they wanted but it appears to be more recent...

From Wikipedia...
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. This is sometimes misreported as a tradition that comes from the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, where countries were asked to dip their flag to King Edward VII: American team flag bearer Ralph Rose did not follow this protocol and teammate Martin Sheridan is often, though apocryphally, stated as proclaiming that "this flag dips before no earthly king."[2] This tradition was codified as early as the 1911 U.S. Army drill regulations.[3]


@hobbitss: Wiki seems to have it wrong, or at least they're very internally conflicted about it all. The "modern Olympics" seem to have begun in 1896, although there were some very poorly organized and attended events for many years before that.

I gave up trying to keep track of who organized what when and where (I'm multi-tasking, not very successfully), but if you'd like to check it out this is where I started:


Well, I learned something new today.


What are the oddsmakers' line on this one? That would intrigue me. Nice little history lesson BTW. Thanks!