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Olympic Winter Games Emblems



Olympic Winter Games Emblems



1932 Lake Placid

This is the first time in the history of the Olympic Winter Games and emblem is used by the Olympic Organizing Committee. The emblem represents a ski jumper in the foreground. In the background, a map of the United States with Lake Placid indicated.
1936 Garmish-Partenkirchen emblem
1936 Garmish-Partenkirchen

The emblem comprises the Olympic rings in the foreground and the summit of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alps with a ski track leading to the mountains in the background. Around, there is the inscription “IV. OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE 1936 GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN”
1948 St.-Moritz emblem

1948 St.-Moritz

A very simple emblem for this edition of the Olympic Winter Games. It has the Olympic rings in the lower half and the sun shining on the text "V JEUX OLYMPIC HIVER 1948 ST. MORITZ",

1952 Oslo emblem

1952 Oslo

The emblem was the subject of a public competition and the Games Organizing Committee had to choose from 335 designs. In the center the circular shape contained the Olympic rings with the silhouette of the new Town Hall of Oslo. On the outside border, the inscription "DE VI. OLYMPISKE VINTERLEKER OSLO 1952".

1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo emblem
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo

The emblem for these Winter Games represents a stylized snowflake with the five rings surmounted by a star in the middle, representing the emblem of the Italian National Olympic Committee. The site of the host city appeared under this emblem. This emblem was chosen from amongst 86 models presented by 79 artists. The Milanese artist Franco Rondinelli shared first prize with the Genoan artist Bonilauri.
1960 Squaw Valley emblem
1960 Squaw Valley

It is made up of three triangles in the colors of the American flag and the Olympic rings. The triangles have a superimposed design to give a 3-D effect and create the image of a star or snow flake.
1964 Innsbruck emblem
1964 Innsbruck

The emblem represents the coat of arms of the City of Innsbruck, showing the bridge on the river Inn from which the town takes its name and which for centuries has been the link between the old town and the district of Hotting.
1964 Innsbruck emblem

1968 Grenoble

It represents a snow crystal amongst three red roses, the symbol of Grenoble, and the five Olympic rings in monochrome. The words "X Olympic Winter Games - Grenoble 1968" are written around the image.

1972 Sapporo emblem
1972 Sapporo

Japan’s top eight designers put forward their ideas but it was Kazumasa Nagai’s design that was chosen to become the official emblem of the Sapporo Games. It represents the combination of three independent elements:
1. the Rising Sun, symbol of Japan
2. a snowflake (sketch of the coat of arms of an ancient Japanese family), symbol of winter
3. the rings with the inscription Sapporo ’72.
1976 Innsbruck emblem
1976 Innsbruck

The emblem, very much resembling the one of 12 years earlier, represents the coat of arms of the city of Innsbruck, showing the bridge on the Inn which gives the city its name. The bridge and the five Olympic rings symbolize the link between the various peoples and the ties of friendship binding the young athletes of all nations for whom Innsbruck was once again a meeting place in 1976.
1980 Lake Placid emblem
1980 Lake Placid

The chevrons on the right represent the mountains around the Olympic region. These join the vertical lines of the modified Ionic column on the left, which recalls the predecessors of the modern Olympic Games. The serration on the top of the column turns into the Olympic rings making them look as if they are emerging from the top. This serration symbolizes a double Olympic cauldron, to commemorate the Games already held in Lake Placid in 1932.
1984 Sarajevo emblem
1984 Sarajevo

It symbolizes a stylized snowflake with the Olympic rings above. It also features the traditional design of the embroidery produced in the Sarajevo region.
1988 Calgary emblem
1988 Calgary

As a reference to the Winter Games, it consists of a stylized snowflake above the Olympic rings. It can also be seen as a stylized maple leaf, the national emblem of Canada. Composed of different letters “C”, for Canada and Calgary, the emblem is rich in symbolism.
1992 Albertville emblem
1992 Albertville

The official emblem consists of an Olympic flame in the colors of the Savoie region, and is an element of the visual identity of the Albertville Games, which had to meet three main objectives: highlight the mountain site, modernity and sports.
1994 Lillehammer emblem

1994 Lillehammer

It is composed of a stylized aurora borealis (Northern lights), the five Olympic rings, snow crystals and the title "Lillehammer '94". The emblem is a development of the aurora borealis symbol used during the candidature phase. It was inspired by contact with nature, the sky and snow. The aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon due to the northerly position of Norway. It has associations of power, great tension and dramatic spectacle. The main colors of the emblem are cobalt blue and white.

1998 Nagano emblem
1998 Nagano

A flower, with each petal representing an athlete practicing a winter sport, and which can also be seen as a snow flake symbolizing the Olympic Winter Games. The emblem is also evocative of a mountain flower, emphasizing Nagano's commitment to the environment and was thus named Snowflower. The dynamic nature of this vivid and colorful picture foreshadowed the enthusiastic atmosphere in which the Games took place and symbolized their brilliance throughout the world.
2002 Salt Lake City emblem

2002 Salt Lake City

The emblem represents a styliszd snow crystal with bright colors: yellow, orange and blue, the colors found in the Utah landscape. Under the picture on top of the Olympic rings are the words "Salt Lake 2002". The theme conveyed by these graphic elements is threefold: contrast, culture and courage. Contrast symbolizing the Utah landscape, from the arid desert to the snowy mountains. Culture representing the different cultures which make the region the exceptional heritage of America. Courage reflecting the spirit of the athletes, the very essence of the Games. This theme followed the feeling of the inhabitants of Utah who wanted the emblem to reflect the diversity of the landscape and heritage of their region as well as the Olympic spirit. Graphic designers were contacted to find the right way to translate the ideas of the local community into a visual form. A creative exploration which gave rise to more than 1.200 projects.

2006 Torino emblem
2006 Torino

The 2006 Olympic Winter Games emblem portrays the unmistakable silhouette of the Mole Antonelliana. It is transformed into a mountain among crystals of ice where the white snow meets the blue sky. The crystals come together to form a web, the web of new technologies and the eternal Olympic spirit of communion among peoples.
2010 Vancouver emblem

2010 Vancouver

For centuries, the Inuit people of Canada's Arctic, stacked rock in human form to create the inukshuk, guideposts that provided direction across the North. The emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games is a contemporary interpretation of the inukshuk. It is called "Ilanaaq", which is the Inuit word for friend. Ilanaaq reflects the friendly spirit, soul and dreams of Canada for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The winning design was chosen from 1.600 entries and was designed by Elena Rivera MacGregor of the Rivera Design group in Vancouver.

Credit: IOC/Olympic Museum Collections

Also see the Olympic Summer Games Emblems


    Summer Games emblems
  TORINO 2006
  BEIJING 2008
  LONDON 2012

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