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Explore the Olympics Logos Over the Years – 1924 to 2024

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The five-colored interlinked rings are the official logo of the Olympic Games. It represents the five regions of the world namely Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. But for every single edition of the Olympics, there will be a unique logo made by the host country blending the customary Olympic symbols and the tradition of the country. Here we present the list of 44 Olympics logos from 1924 to 2020 and the meaning behind it. 

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Summer Olympics Logos

1924 Paris Olympics Logo

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 Meaning: Represents the Paris coat of arms

1932 Los Angeles Olympics Logo

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Basically, it represents the American flag in the form of a shield. The 13 stars represent the thirteen founding states of the US. The Olympic Motto is also included.

1936 Berlin Olympics Logos

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These Olympic Games were held in Berlin during the Nazi regime so the logo includes the Nazi symbol of the Eagle. The writing beneath the symbol says “I call the youth of the world”.

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1948 London Olympics Logos

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A pretty self-explanatory emblem. The Olympic logo is inserted on the sketch of the House of Parliament of UK, popularly known as Big Ben.

1952 Helsinki Olympics Logos

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The logo is made out of only blue and white colours which are the colours of the Finnish flag. The building in the background is the Olympic Stadium at Helsinki.

1956 Melbourne Olympics Logo

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The Olympic torch was featured in a logo for the first time in the Melbourne Olympics. The torch is in between the Olympic rings and the silhouette of Australia.

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1960 Rome Olympics Logos

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The logo of the 1960 Rome Olympics was the first to include an animal in the logo and to use a different Numeric system to present the year. The wolf and the children in the logo come from the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus.


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1964 Tokyo Olympics Logo

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One of the most minimalistic emblems of the Olympics. The 1964 Olympics just featured the Japanese flag which itself represents the rising sun.

1968 Mexico Olympics Symbol

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The 1968 Olympics had this logo which is just “Mexico 68” with no graphics or pictures in the background. The Olympic rings on top of the ‘68’ seems a bit ill-suited.

1972 Munich Olympics Symbol

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After a dark chapter of hosting the Olympics during the Nazi era, the Munich Olympics had a colorful logo representing the bright sun.

1976 Montreal Olympics Symbol

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Another simple Olympic logo. The Olympic rings are modified from the circumferences to make the ‘M’ letter of Montreal.


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1980 Moscow Olympics Symbol

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Being the first communist country to host the Olympics, the logo was obviously in red. The star at the top is also of political significance and the line seems like a running track which then becomes a tower representing the city of Moscow.

1984 Los Angeles Olympics Sign

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These stars in blue, white, and red represent the American flag. The logo was named as ‘Stars in Motion”.

1988 Seoul Olympics Sign

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The symbol in this logo is called the samtaeguk pattern. This pattern is very famous in Korea and it represents harmony, happiness, and prosperity.

1992 Barcelona Olympics Sign

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Above the Olympic rings and the host city name is an abstract drawing showing a leaping athlete. The drawing seems to be made of brushstrokes which could be a sign of Spain’s great history of painters.


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1996 Atlanta Olympics Logos

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The Atlanta Olympics celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympics. The logo depicts the Olympic torch and the flame transforms into stars representing the United States. There is also a ‘100’ Below the Olympic rings signifying the centennial event.

2000 Sydney Olympics Logos

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The logo of the Sydney Olympics has hidden indications of the history and heritage of Australia. At first sight, it looks like an athlete running with a flag. The blue flag in its stroke style signifies the Opera House at Sydney. The yellow color indicates the sun and the orange legs are like a boomerang which symbolizes the Aborigines of Australia.

2004 Athens Olympics Logos

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With the motto “Welcome Home” the 2004 Olympic logo went ancient with a drawing of an olive wreath. Not only does it represent the roots of the Olympics, but the drawing seems like a process of growth. It is interpreted as the “circle of life”. 

2008 Beijing Olympics Symbol

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Named as “Dancing Beijing” the white character in the logo is called ‘jing’ which means capital. So, it means that the capital city is dancing.


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2012 London Olympics

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One of the most criticized Olympic logos. The London Olympics logo of 2012 is just abstract closed shapes intended to show the year 2012 but hardly comprehensible. The blazing color seems to symbolize energy and explosive excitement.

2016 Rio Olympics Symbol

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The logo shows three people holding hands and looping over each other. The colors of the people are green, yellow, and blue which are the major colors of the Brazilian flag. It displays the harmony and diversity of the people of Rio.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Sign

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The checkered logo of Tokyo Olympics 2020 means “Unity in Diversity”. The rectangular shapes are of different dimensions but they all align perfectly to form a complete circle. Also, the indigo color in Japan’s tradition signifies elegance.

Upcoming: 2024 Paris Olympics Logo

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In October 2019, the official emblem for the French Games was revealed. Acting as the embodiment of the event, this emblem cleverly merges three iconic symbols: the prestigious gold medal, the eternal flame, and Marianne – a treasured representation of the French revolution and its people. Mark your calendars as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are scheduled from July 26th to August 11th, 2024.


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Winer Olympics

Lake Placid – Winter Olympics Logos 1932

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Winter Olympics Logos 1936

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St. Moritz – Winter Olympics Logos 1948

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Oslo – Winter Olympics Logos 1952

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Cortina d’Ampezzo – Winter Olympics Logos 1956

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Squaw Valley, California – Winter Logos 1960

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Innsbruck – Winter Olympics Symbol 1964

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Grenoble – Winter Olympics Symbol 1968

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Sapporo – Winter Olympics Symbol 1972

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Innsbruck – Winter Olympics Symbol 1976

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Lake Placid – Winter Olympics Symbol 1980

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Sarajevo – Winter Olympics Sign 1984

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Calgary – Winter Olympics Sign 1988

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Albertville – Winter Olympics Sign 1992

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Lillehammer – Winter Olympics Sign 1994

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Nagano – Winter Olympics Sign 1998

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Salt Lake City – Winter Olympics Sign 2002

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Torino – Winter Olympics Sign 2006

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Vancouver – Winter Olympics Sign 2010

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Sochi – Winter Olympics Symbol 2014

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PyeongChang – Winter Olympics Logos 2018

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Beijing – Winter Olympics Symbol 2022

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FAQs

What purpose do Olympics logos and symbols serve?

Olympics logos and symbols represent the essence, values, and identity of each Olympic Games, connecting with the host city’s culture and the event’s spirit.

How are Olympics logos designed?

Olympic logos are crafted by designers who blend elements like culture, heritage, and athleticism, aiming to create a visual representation that resonates globally.

Are Olympic logos consistent across all Games?

No, each Olympic Games has a distinct logo and design to reflect the unique identity of the host city and the cultural backdrop of the event.

What do the rings in the Olympic symbol signify?

The five interlocking rings symbolize unity among the five inhabited continents: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, fostering international harmony.

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Aditya Mishra is currently working as a head of content and manager at KreedOn. He is an ardent defense enthusiast and was a SSB aspirant (SERVICE- SELECTION-BOARD) during his college days. Moreover he has represented his state of C.G in All India Senior National Athletics Championship (Lucknow) and winner of several state athletics tournament (400m). Aditya did his PG Diploma from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication. With a vision to bring substantial change in India's sporting ecosystem, he along with his team are working for the development of Indian athletes.

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