ASL signs for OLYMPICS

Here is how to sign "Olympics" in American Sign Language.

Meaning: International sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions that happen once every four years in a selected country.

Pronunciation (sign description): Fingertips of index finger and thumb in both "F/9" hands are interlocked with the palms facing each other. Links of the fingers and thumbs disconnected and then connected again while the wrist rotate in the opposite direction.

Mnemonic Tip: Imagine the linked rings of the Olympic emblem.

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Leroy dreamed of participating in the Olympic GAMES since he was baby, first crawling faster than a bug and then toddling zippy that her mother couldn't catch him, then running away from home. In high school, he COMPETED in all SPORTS to see which best sports earned him a gold MEDAL. None. He ended up being an Olympian as a TORCHBEARER to carry the TORCH at Winter Olympics.

Deaflympics (formerly known as World Games for the Deaf) is the Deaf version of Olympics.

Deaf participants in the Olympics

The earliest Deaf athlete who competed at the Olympics was Oskar Wetzell of Finland. Oskar (1888-1928) competed in diving at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics. Ref

Carlo Orlandi (1910-1983), an Italian boxer, appeared to be the first deaf to win a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics.

Since then, there has been a number of deaf athletes who participated in the Olympics and some of them had won some medals.


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