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You'll find rings, flames, medals, even teddy bears in London this summer. Check out the many Olympic symbols in all their glory.

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You'll find rings, flames, medals, even teddy bears in London this summer, all representing the Olympic spirit. Here giant Olympic rings are towed up the River Thames through Tower Bridge in London, England. Click to see the many Olympic symbols on display in all their glory.
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The Olympic rings represent the five continents involved in the Olympics and were designed in 1912, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.
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The Giant Olympic rings were towed down the River Thames to celebrate London's selection for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
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Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, gestures as giant Olympic rings are towed on the River Thames through Tower Bridge. The rings measure 11m high by 25m wide.
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The 2012 Olympics logo, designed by Wolff Olins, is a representation of the number 2012. It's the first time in history that Olympic and Paralympic Games will use the same logo.
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This new symbol was created for the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games. Organizers hope the logo, designed to be instantly recognizable worldwide, will help raise funds to support the Games. The budget for the 2012 Olympics has soared to $18.6 billion, nearly four times more than initial projections.
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A young girl holds up the relay torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games as it is unveiled in central London. The torch is made of a golden aluminum tube featuring a lace-like mesh with 8,000 holes that represent the number of bearers and how many miles it will travel in the 70-day relay across Britain.
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The British Royal Mint has created a total of 4,700 medals for both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics. The medals — which measure 85mm in diameter — are the heaviest summer Olympic medals ever made.
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An employee of the British Royal Mint in Pontyclun, Wales shows off a recently created silver medal for the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
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These medals were designed by British artist David Watkins and depicts "Nike," the Greek goddess of sport, stepping out of a scene at the Parthenon and Panathinaiko Stadium.
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Former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards poses with the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games gold medal.
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Dame Kelly Holmes and LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe present the newly minted Olympic medals during the "London 2012 — One Year to Go" ceremony in Trafalgar Square in London.
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British TV host Ellie Crisell introduces "Wenlock," the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games mascot, during a ceremony in Trafalgar Square.
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An official teddy bear commemorating the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games sits in the shop of the Merrythought teddy bear factory in Ironbridge, England. Established in 1930, Merrythought has been hand-making Teddy Bears for over 80 years in Shropshire, England.
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British swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, who won the silver medal in the inaugural 10 k marathon swim at the Beijing Olympic Games, displays 2012 Olympic jewelry at the launch of the official jewelry collection in London.
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British artist Tracey Emin and Sebastian Coe pose for photographs with posters from previous Olympic Games at the Tate Britain art gallery in London. Twelve artists have been commissioned to design posters for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
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The Olympic rings were designed in 1912 by Pierre de Coubertin, a founder of the International Olympic Committee. Here Azza Besbes of Tunisia celebrates a win during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Pierre de Coubertin said the interlocking rings symbol "represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism." Finland and Sweden duke it out during the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
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Although the rings were designed in 1912, they didn't make an official appearance until 1920 because the games were suspended during World War I. Russian bobsledders race over the rings during the 2006 Torino Olympics.
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Olympic athletes vie for the highest honors: a gold, silver or bronze medal. Today the gold medal is actually made of gold-plated silver. The last solid gold medal was awarded in 1912. This is the gold medal for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
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In 2004 athletes were awarded a wreath in addition to a medal. Michael Phelps accepts his wreath after winning the gold medal for the 400m.
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During the ancient Olympics, winning athletes received an olive wreath, or kotinos. Utkirbek Haydarov of Uzbekistan mourns his loss in the ring during the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games.
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The flame burns in downtown Athens before the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
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Before 1951, according to the Olympic Handbook, the different colors of the rings represent the five continents respectively: blue for Europe, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, green for Oceania and red for America. Two figure skaters take to the Olympic ice rink at Squaw Valley, Calif., during the 1960 Winter Olympics.
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Now the Olympic Charter indicates that no specific ring refers to any particular continent because there was no proof that Coubertin had intended them to. A ski jumper competes during the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
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Hitler announced the opening of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The Olympic rings, which represents international peace and solidarity, was mixed together with the Nazi swastika, a symbol of Aryan superiority.
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The Olympic torch is lit a few months before each round of games at the site of the Ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The torch then makes a tour of the host country. Here the flame burns during the Closing Ceremony of the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
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Prometheus, in Greek mythology, was the one who gave fire to humanity. He said, "without fire, they are worse off than the beasts." The ancient Greek considered fire to be a spark of the sun. The moon rises above the Olympic flame during the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996.
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To keep the tradition of the ancient games, the Olympic flame is lit in front of the ruins of the Temple of Hero in Olympia. Actress Maria Moscholiou of the National Greek Theater lights the flame. It was then flown to Lake Placid, N.Y. for the 1980 Winter Olympics Games.
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The modern tradition of torch relay began in 1936. The flame travels through the hosting country or the continent and arrives at the stadium on the day of the opening ceremony. Hideki Takada carries the Olympic torch during the 1972 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan.
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Thousands of torches are produced for each Olympic Games and each relay torch-bearer has the option to buy one. Here a runner and torch are silhouetted against the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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Each Olympics torch is custom-designed to be easily carried and to sustain the flame in various weather conditions. Gymnast Li Ning lights the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
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A person photographs the Olympic cauldron during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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The first Olympic flag appeared during the games in Antwerp, Belgium in 1920. A sea of Olympic flag bearers march during the Opening Ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
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The flag had gone missing after the 1920 games. The mystery wasn't solved until 1977 when a former athlete admitted he'd taken the flag. The original flag was restored at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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The Olympic Anthem, or Olympic Hymn, is played when the Olympic flag is raised. It was first played in 1896. Former Olympic champions, performers and some 10,000 athletes attend the Olympic flag raising in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, 100 years after the anthem's debut.
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Another Olympic tradition is the playing of the winning athlete's national anthem. Apolo Anton Ohno listens to the American national anthem after winning the gold medal in the men's 500 meter in short track speed skating in Torino, Italy in 2006.
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For athletes, tattoo designs of Olympic symbols represent Olympic spirit and fortune. Andres Bayron Silva of Uruguay competes in the men's 400m heats at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." A fan shows her spirit by sporting the rings on her hat as London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
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Filip Flisar of Slovenia, Christopher Delbosco of Canada and Tommy Eliasson of Sweden compete in a men's ski cross race at Cypress Mountain Resort during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
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A player serves in the men's indoor volleyball preliminary match between Australia and the U.S. during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
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A modern Olympic tradition is the introduction of Olympic mascots, which started in 1968 in France. Han Meilin, who designed the five Beijing mascots, shows off his drawings. They represent four of China's most popular animals — the fish, panda, Tibetan antelope and swallow — as well as the Olympic flame.
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Chinese students dressed as the 2008 Beijing Olympics mascots practice ahead of the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games.
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The 2008 Beijing Olympics drew the largest TV audience ever: 4.7 billion, or 70% of the world's population. The number was 3.9 billion during the 2004 Athens Games. Here, a fan of China celebrates at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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The cost of the Olympics is very likely to outrun the revenue in most cases. But "The Olympic Observer" discovers that the Games have brought large, prolonged and positive impact on the hosting countries' trade. Workers take a break at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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