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2016 Rio Summer Olympics Emblem

2016 Rio Olympics Emblem
The logo for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro has been designed by a Brazilian company, Tatil Design. The logo defines four concepts - contagious energy, Olympic spirit, harmonious diversity and exuberant nature. The logo represents three figures who support the three colors of the Brazilian flag - Green, Yellow, and Blue. The shape of the three figures, which have been joined at the arms and can be seen in a triple embrace, is a reflection of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
2012 London Summer Games Logo

2012 London Olympics Emblem
The logo of the game specifies the year 2012. The number "2" is on the top left corner, "0" on the top right, "1" on the bottom left corner and "2" on the bottom right. The word "London" is written on the top left corner in the figure shaped the numeral "2" and the Olympic rings are printed on the top right corner of the logo.
2008 Beijing Summer Games Logo

2008 Beijing Olympics Emblem
The 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing, China. The emblem for Olympics 2008, entitled "Dancing Beijing", was first displayed in August 2003, in a ceremony attended by about 2000 people at Qi'niandian, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in Beijing's Temple of Heaven. The emblem comprises a red seal with a calligraphic word for "jing", the national capital, which weaves elements of traditional Chinese society with athletic features. The open arms of the calligraphic word represent the invitation of China to the world to share its culture. As a whole, the "Dancing Beijing" represents mutual trust and an expression of self confidence, standing for the solemn yet sacred promise that Beijing has made to the world and humanity.
This page takes you through the Olympic Game History-Olympic Emblems placed chronologically down the timeline, right from the Paris 1924 Emblem to the Athens 2004 Emblem.
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Other Olympics Emblems

Athens 2004 Emblem

The 2004 Olympic Games emblem portrays an olive wreath or kotinos, a branch from an olive tree intertwined in a circle. The emblem is a reference to the ancient Olympic Games where the kotinos was the official award of Olympic champions. In addition, the olive was the sacred tree of Athens. The colors of the emblem symbolize the shades of white and blue found in the Greek countryside.
Sydney 2000 Emblem

The emblem represents the figure of an athlete, using typically Australian shapes and colors. The boomerangs and suggestions of sun and rocks, together with the colors of the harbor, beaches, and red interior, invoke the unique Australian landscape and its original inhabitants. The flash, which transforms the silhouette of Sydney Opera House into a trail of smoke from an Olympic torch, recalls the emblem of Sydney's Olympic candidature.
Atlanta 1996 Emblem

The base of the torch mark logo, made of the five Rings and the number 100, resembles a classical Greek column and recognizes the centennial of the Games. The torch mark's flames gradually evolve into a perfect star symbolizing each athlete's pursuit of excellence. The gold color in this logo represents gold medals. The green represents laurel branches worn by winners in ancient times, as well as Atlanta's reputation as the City of Trees.
Barcelona 1992 Emblem

The official emblem, designed by Josep Maria Trias from Barcelona, depicted a dynamic human figure in a stance that suggested someone jumping an obstacle (which consisted of the five Olympic rings) and the simple, gestural lines reduced the characterization of the figure to the head (in the blue of the Mediterranean), the arms (the yellow of the sun and wide open in sign of hospitality) and the legs (a vivid red).
Seoul 1988 Emblem

The Seoul emblem features a Sam Taeguk pattern. A Sam Taeguk is a traditional Korean pattern and visual image which represents Korea. This pattern is widely used as decoration on fans, gates of Korean-style homes, artifacts, and folk crafts. The Olympic emblem features patterns in two forms, centripetal and centrifugal. The centripetal motion represented the people of the world coming together in Korea, thus symbolizing worldwide harmony, while the centrifugal motion represented a march onward in search of man's lasting happiness and prosperity.
Los Angeles 1984 Emblem

The star is a universal symbol of the highest aspirations of mankind. The horizontal bars portray the speed with which the contestants pursue excellence, while the repetition of the star shape connotes the spirit of competition between equally outstanding physical forms.
Moscow 1980 Emblem

The official emblem was created by Vladimir Arsentyev. Above the Olympic rings we find parallel lines in the shape of a pyramid, and a five-point star which serves as a reminder of the flag of the Kremlin.
Montreal 1976 Emblem

It is made up of the Olympic rings mounted on an Olympic podium, which is also the graphic interpretation of the letter M, the initial of Montreal. In the center is the athletics track. This emblem invokes the universal fraternity offered by the Olympic Ideal, as well as the glory of the winners, the gallant spirit of their battles, and the accession of Montreal to the rank of Olympic city.
Munich 1972 Emblem

It represents a crown of rays of light, a design symbolizing the spirit of the Munich Games - light, freshness, generosity - expressed by the design "Radiant Munich". It was created by Otl Aicher.
Mexico 1968 Emblem

It is a combination of the five Olympic rings and the year. The design came from the collaboration of three artists: Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, architect and President of the Organizing Committee for the Games, Eduardo Terrazas (MEX) and Lance Wyman (USA). It recalls the patterns of the Huichole Indians.
Tokyo 1964 Emblem

It is composed of the Olympic rings superimposed on the emblem of the Japanese national flag, representing the rising sun. Having examined a large number of proposals, the Games Organizing Committee chose the design submitted by Yusaku Kamekura which was subsequently accepted as the official emblem of the Games.
Rome 1960 Emblem

It is made up of the Olympic rings above a Roman she-wolf, from which Remus and Romulus are suckling. They are the twin brothers who, according to legend, founded the city of Rome. Between them, is the date, 1960, written in roman numerals.
Melbourne 1956 Emblem

It is composed of a drawing of Australia with a torch and Olympic rings superimposed. On the bottom half is the inscription "MELBOURNE 1956", which is extended on each side by laurel branches.
Helsinki 1952 Emblem

It was composed of the tower of the stadium with the Olympic rings at the top. It was worn as a badge by the dignitaries and VIP guests at the Games.
London 1948 Emblem

It is composed of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The hands of the famous "Big Ben" are pointing to 4 o'clock, the time at which the opening of the Games was planned. In the foreground are the Olympic rings. The Games Organizing Committee wanted a typically English emblem, but one that would have significance not only for the generation of that time, but for future generations as well.
Berlin 1936 Emblem

The emblem of the Summer Olympics held in 1936 in Berlin was created purely by chance. An artist, Johannes Boehland, started by designing an emblem containing the five Olympic rings with a superimposed eagle and the Brandenburg Gate, one of the symbols of the city. However, the President of the Games Organizing Committee, Dr. Lewald, was not satisfied with this composition and took the initiative to open the bottom part of the emblem, which turned the design into a bell. Although it was purely by chance that it was created, the symbolism of this figure was immediately recognized.

On the side of the bell is the inscription "Ich rufe die Jugend der Welt!" (I call the youth of the world). The artist, Johannes Boehland, continued designing the emblem on this theme. The definitive emblem was thus composed of the Olympic bell on which can be found the Olympic rings with the German eagle superimposed, as well as the Olympic rings, flame and oath. The bell became one of the strongest and omnipresent symbols of the Berlin Games.
Los Angeles 1932 Emblem

It is composed of the American flag presented in the form of arms, accompanied, in the foreground, by the Olympic rings, the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (faster, higher, stronger) and a laurel branch, symbol of victory.
Amsterdam 1928 Emblem

The emblem for the 1928 Summer Olympics looks like a poster conveying the fact that it was being held in Amsterdam. It showed an athlete crossing the finishing line with the three colors of Statenvlag, a Dutch historical flag, wrapping him. He was seen holding a tulip - the national flower of Holland - instead of a baton. .
Paris 1924 Emblem

The Paris Games, which signaled the acceptance of the Games as a major global event, was actually the first Summer Games to have an emblem. This simple emblem doesn't include the Olympic colors. The ship inside the emblem indicates the water sports to be played at the Olympics.

Last updated on April 26, 2016