UPDATE — Don’t worry… the US never dipped the flag. Thank you!
Some countries dip their flag to the host nation at the opening ceremony but the United States has not done so for more than a century. But word is that the United States may go back on that tradition.
According to the US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, this has been discussed. And he says it isn’t a big issue. So if it isn’t a big issue, why should we go back on tradition?
Obama may not have a personal role in this but he is setting up a culture here in the United States where people believe that we are just one country of many in the world. Reality is we are the #1 country in the world and should stay that way. Our flag dips to no other flag.
According to popular legend, shot putter Ralph Rose set the tone at the 1908 Summer Games — also held in London — when he supposedly proclaimed: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”
The United States may break with a controversial tradition and dip its flag to Britain’s leaders at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun said on Thursday.
“We’ve talked about that a little bit and you never know what is going to happen,” said Blackmun. "we’re still talking internally but it is not an issue we see as a big issue.”
It may not be a big issue for the USOC but it is one that stirs the emotions of many Americans.
In respect to the host nation, most countries briefly dip their flag as the athletes march past the box where dignitaries sit. For more than a century, the United States has not done so.
Dipping the flag is no longer part of official International Olympic Committee protocol but most countries continue to observe the tradition.