TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 23: Performers act out a routine in-front of the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympic Games have begun and the opening ceremony today was truly magical. The Olympic rings for the games’ opening ceremony had extra significance. These iconic rings in Tokyo were created using trees planted by athletes more than 50 years ago.

1964 was the last time the Olympics were held in Tokyo. During those Tokyo Games, athletes were asked to bring seeds and plant trees to commemorate the competition. Now, 57 years later, these trees were harvested and used to create the Olympic circles. How cool is that?

The wood came from 160 pines and spruces grown from seeds that came from the countries of Northern Europe, Canada, and Ireland. T

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