Tokyo Olympics

‘Rings Across America' Arrive at Rockefeller Plaza for Olympics Photo Op

Yes, visitors are allowed to sit on the rings!

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Americans may not be able to attend the Tokyo Olympics, but the iconic five rings have traveled to them and they'll be on display for New Yorkers this weekend.

The exhibit opens to the public Friday morning for the Opening Ceremony and it is part of the "Rings Across America" tour which visited five cities, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Miami, Washington D.C., before arriving at the Rockefeller Plaza.

Before the colored rings made their way to NYC, they rode on a flatbed of a truck which allowed them to be seen during transit throughout the 25 states they drove across. That's about an 8,000-mile drive, totaling over 125 hours of drive time.

The Rings, which represent the five continents and the meeting of athletes from all over the world, weigh more than 12,000 gold medals.

Visitors are allowed to sit on the rings and take all the photos to their hearts' desires, tour manager Rob Wilcox said.

"Every place we've been has just been huge excitement," Wilson said. "You can actually get into the rings and sit in them. That's probably the most popular one. We've seen handstands and backflips. It makes us a little nervous but people can come up and engage their creativity and take the pose they want."

They will be on display through Sunday, July 25.

Four-time Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez have been chosen as USA flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. NBC New York's Bruce Beck reports.
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