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Last week I visited my friend in Sochi, Russia and I couldn’t help but notice Sochi 2014 symbols all over the place. This made me look into history of Olympic logos and the oldest I could find was dated back to 1924. Well, I didn’t spend too much time Googling older ones, so if you find any other logo, please let me know and will add it to the list.

I did notice that Sochi has the first logo that features domain extensions in it (Sochi.ru). Most likely we will see similar trends in the upcoming years. I was surprised that some of those logos use flat design which became popular only few years ago. Hopefully no one will ever come up with logo that features barcode or some other useless “innovation”. Olympics logos must be kept clean and easy to remember and so far each country has done an amazing job with it.

Here goes the entire Olympic logo collectio from 1924 to 2016. Which one is your favorite logo and which one is the worst?

[Update] You might also want to look into Olympic poster collection.

Paris – Summer Olympics 1924

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Lake Placid – Winter Olympics 1932

1932-lake-placid-winter-olympics

Los Angeles – Summer Olympics 1932

1932 Summer Olympics Los Angeles

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Winter Olympics 1936

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Winter Olympics 1936

Berlin – Summer Olympics 1936

Berlin – Summer Olympics 1936

St. Moritz – Winter Olympics 1948

St. Moritz – Winter Olympics 1948

London – Summer Olympics 1948

London – Summer Olympics 1948

Oslo – Winter Olympics 1952

Oslo – Winter Olympics 1952

Helsinki – Summer Olympics 1952

Helsinki – Summer Olympics 1952

Cortina d’Ampezzo – Winter Olympics 1956

Cortina d’Ampezzo – Winter Olympics 1956

Melbourne and Stockholm – Summer Olympics 1956

Melbourne and Stockholm – Summer Olympics 1956

Squaw Valley, California – Winter 1960

Squaw Valley, California – Winter 1960

Rome – Summer Olympics 1960

Rome – Summer Olympics 1960

Innsbruck – Winter Olympics 1964

Innsbruck – Winter Olympics 1964

Tokyo – Summer Olympics 1964

Tokyo – Summer Olympics 1964

Grenoble – Winter Olympics 1968

Grenoble – Winter Olympics 1968

Mexico – Summer 1968

Mexico – Summer Olympics 1968

Sapporo – Winter 1972

Sapporo – Winter Olympics 1972

Munich – Summer 1972

Munich – Summer Olympics 1972

Innsbruck – Winter 1976

Innsbruck – Winter Olympics 1976

Montreal – Summer 1976

Montreal – Summer Olympics 1976

Lake Placid – Winter 1980

Lake Placid – Winter Olympics 1980

Moscow – Summer 1980

Moscow – Summer Olympics 1980

Sarajevo – Winter 1984

Sarajevo – Winter 1984

Los Angeles – Summer 1984

Los Angeles – Summer 1984

Calgary – Winter 1988

Calgary – Winter Olympics 1988

Seoul – Summer 1988

Seoul – Summer Olympics 1988

Albertville – Winter 1992

Albertville – Winter Olympics 1992

Barcelona – Summer 1992

Barcelona – Summer Olympics 1992

Lillehammer – Winter 1994

Lillehammer – Winter Olympics 1994

Atlanta – Summer 1996

Atlanta – Summer Olympics 1996

Nagano – Winter 1998

Nagano – Winter Olympics 1998

Sydney – Summer 2000

Sydney – Summer Olympics 2000

Salt Lake City – Winter 2002

Salt Lake City – Winter Olympics 2002

Athens – Summer 2004

Athens – Summer Olympics 2004

Torino – Winter 2006

Turino – Winter Olympics 2006

Beijing – Summer 2008

Beijing – Summer Olympics 2008

Vancouver – Winter 2010

Vancouver – Winter Olympics 2010

London – Summer 2012

London – Summer Olympics 2012

Sochi – Winter Olympics 2014

Sochi - Winter Olympics 2014

Rio – Summer 2016

Rio - Summer Olympics 2016

PyeongChang – Winter 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Tokyo – Summer 2020

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic logo

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      1. some font geek

        Thanks for the link. I don’t think Arial and Univers are ever the same typeface. Plus if you look at the graphic standards you’ll see the “recreator” didn’t get the relative widths of the symbol and “Montréal 1976″ right either. There are far too many computer artists/designers and companies blatantly ripping off other designers’ work without permission, usually very poorly because they are not being fairly paid, and the example here is at that level. Did anyone think to ask the Olympics organization themselves if they had a scan of the real thing? That would solve many problems.

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