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Chicago 2016 Unveils Logo – Six-Point Star

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It’s a six-point star like the one in Chicago’s flag, surrounded by a banner of colours. That’s Chicago’s logo for its 2016 Summer Olympic Games bid which was unveiled Wednesday by Olympic gold medallists Jackie Joyner Kersee and Rowdy Gaines.


Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he hopes it will become a symbol of hope for the city of Chicago.

Chicago 2016’s bid committee says it hopes this logo will become a great symbol of hope “for our city and our nation – as we humbly seek the right to host the Olympic Games and welcome the world to Chicago in 2016.

“For us the Chicago Star also symbolizes our plan to put the athletes at the centre of the Games – since they’re the real stars”.

The logo is described as a compass pointing in all directions reaching out to the world. The bands of colour radiating up and down from the star reflect both the “dynamic architecture of our city and the beautiful character of our parks and lakes – but they also symbolize our desire to reach out to the world and offer many paths to the Games”, says Chicago 2016.

According to the bid committee the six-point design of the Chicago Star is unique and each point on the star represents values and ideals that the Olympic Movement and Chicago share.

The points on the star represent Hope, Respect, Harmony, Friendship, Excellence and Celebration.

In May the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Chicago couldn’t use its first design that depicted the city’s skyline shaped like the Olympic torch because using such Olympic symbols is against IOC rules. Write or read comments about this article

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