Many pins depict the various Olympic sports. Collectors will find many styles of sports pins, some of which are associated with a particular Olympics, others with a country or one of the sports federations. Some are associated with corporate sponsorship.
I have never seen so many pins from one Olympiad as from the 1980 summer games in Moscow. They are made of a lightweight metal, possibly aluminum, and come in sets of different shapes and sizes. My favorite is the dangle-style, like the field hockey pin above left. The others shown are yachting, shooting, gymnastics, equestrian, water polo, and fencing.
Here are a couple sport team pins I especially like. The first is a bilingual Russian diving team pin from Atlanta, very interesting in shape and styling. The other is a more traditional USA track and field pin, undated but associated with the sponsorship of Coca-Cola.
When Vi and I started collecting pins in Atlanta, we wanted to have pins depicting the events we attended: rowing, basketball, and baseball. Vi chose pins with the green Atlanta '96 logo, like the rowing pin at far left. I preferred the design of this basketball pin which, unlike others I had seen, did not have a figure of a basketball player. The games we saw were women's, but most of the pins I saw depicted a man.
This oversized pin features alpine skiing at the 2002 winter games. The year is emblazoned on a background of snow-capped mountains. The double zeros in the year frame the Salt Lake Olympic logo and a skiier. The ribbons at the bottom note the particular games and the sport. One quick note: the twos in 2002 are shiny silver, which did not scan well.
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