Something has been missing each time Michael Phelps and his teammates stepped onto the medal podium this week.
The U.S. Olympic Team logo — worn on all official team clothing, including the swimmers' podium outfits — features an American flag with only 13 stars.
But it's not a dig at you, Illinois. Or Florida. Or California.
Or any of the 37 states that entered the union after 1777.
When the U.S. Olympic Committee created the logo about six years ago, it chose to go with the 13-star flag because it would be too difficult to fit 50 stars cleanly onto the cookie-sized emblem. The decision was made after consulting with flag experts, who assured the...