The Olympic Games are known for being the world’s greatest sports contest, and so it’s vital that its various competitions are understood across cultures. Since we can’t all read or speak the same language, pictograms—a stylized representation of a message or activity—help people from all walks of life comprehend the Games in the same way. The 1964 Olympics in Tokyo marked the start of these pictograms, which were, and continue to be, a visual identity for each subsequent year.
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