The Olympic Games Logo Timeline – Every Logo for Every Olympics Since 1932

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UPDATE: This post has been updated to include two additional Olympic Logos: Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. (Viewable at the bottom of this post.)

Here is a compilation of every Olympic logo since 1932.
Some interesting things to note:

  • The 1940 Summer & Winter Olympics were canceled due to WWII
  • The 1944 Summer & Winter Olympics were canceled due to WWII
  • Every Winter & Summer Olympics up until 1992 were held in the same year
  • Every Winter & Summer Olympics since 1994 have been held in different years
  • The most expensive Olympic logo (on record) is the most recent one, London 2012. This bad boy clocks in at over $600k. View the article HERE.

It’s interesting to note the trends of Olympic logos. It appears that they all must have the city, the year, and the rings. It’s also interesting to note the progression of design. It’s clear that every logo in the last 30 years is a bit more polished than previous years. One main reason? The computer.

Scroll through and enjoy. It’s an interesting trip through history.

-SH

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Lake Placid, USA // Winter 1932

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Los Angeles, USA // Summer 1932

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany // Winter 1936

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Berlin, Germany // Sumer 1936

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Canceled due to WWII // Winter 1940

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Canceled due to WWII // Summer 1940

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Canceled due to WWII // Winter 1944

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Canceled due to WWII // Summer 1944

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St. Moritz, Switzerland // Winter 1948

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London, UK // Summer 1948

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Oslo, Norway // Winter 1952

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Helsinki, Finland // Summer 1952

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Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy // Winter 1956

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia // Summer 1956

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Squaw Valley, California, USA // Winter 1960

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Rome, Italy // Summer 1960

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Innsbruck, Austria // Winter 1964

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Tokyo, Japan // Summer 1964

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Grenoble, France // Winter 1968

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Mexico City, Mexico // Summer 1968

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Sapporo, Japan // Winter 1972

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Munich, West Germany // Summer 1972

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Innsbruck, Austria // Winter 1976

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Montreal, Canada // Summer 1976

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Lake Placid, USA // Winter 1980

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Moscow, Soviet Union // Summer 1980

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Sarajevo, Yugoslavia // Winter 1984

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Los Angeles, USA // Summer 1984

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Calgary, Canada // Winter 1988

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Seoul, Southern Korea // Summer 1988

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Albertville, France // Winter 1992

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Barcelona, Spain // Summer 1992

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Lillehammer, Norway // Winter 1994

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Atlanta, USA // Summer 1996

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Nagano, Japan // Winter 1998

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Sydney, Australia // Summer 2000

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Salt Lake City, USA // Winter 2002

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Athens, Greece // Summer 2004

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Turin, Italy // Winter 2006

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Beijing, China // Summer 2008

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Vancouver, Canada // Winter 2010

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London, UK // Summer 2012

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Sochi, Russia// Winter 2014

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil // Summer 2016

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My personal favorites are (in no particular order):

  • Albertville – Winter 1992
  • Nagano – Winter 1998
  • Salt Lake City – Winter 2002
  • Torino – Winter 2006
  • Sochi – Winter 2014

Weird. These all happen to be logos from the Winter games. Maybe design companies can think clearer when they’re cooped up inside with snow falling down outside. Although, there’s no saying when or where these logos were created. In any case, they’re definitely legit logos.

What’s your favorite Olympic logo of all time? Drop us a line below and let us know what you think.
NOTE: The original post was published in 2012, but this has been updated to include the Rio De Janeiro logo from the 2016 Summer Olympics and the Sochi Logo from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Shane Michael

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