Moscow 1980 – Emblem

Designer: Vladimir Arsentyev


From 1 June to 31 December 1975, an emblem competition organised by the Organising Committee OCOG-80 was held in which not only professionals but also amateurs could take part. This competition exceeded all expectations and met with great public interest. 8,500 professional and amateur artists from all over the USSR, but also from Great Britain, Bulgaria, Hungary, both German states (GDR and FRG), India, Cuba, Mali, Poland and Czechoslovakia took part. Together, they submitted over 26,000 proposals. The winner of the competition was the young Soviet artist Vladimir Arsentyev. On 15 July 1976, at the 78th IOC Session in Montréal, his proposal was recognised as the official emblem of the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow. The central element consists of three parallel lines that converge from the right and left and unite in five upward lines. The distances between the lines are identical. The resulting shape is reminiscent of a racecourse in a stadium or of the famous seven skyscrapers in Moscow known as the “Seven Sisters”. Built between 1947 and 1957, these architectural landmarks date from the time of Stalinist classicism. Above the building (symbol) stands the five-pointed red star for the Soviet Union, below it are the five Olympic rings. The main colours are red (symbol) and black (typo- graphy); the complementary colour was gold. The emblems shown here have been used on various media.