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Special Olympic Games

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[The Special Olympics flag]
2019 flag; image by Zachary Harden, 04 May 2021

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Former flag

[The Special Olympics flag]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, November 2005

According to a logo sheet I found, the logo was Pantone 327 and the logotype is Pantone 485. The "program name" was set as "Times New Roman Bold Italic" and set in the same sea-green color as the main logo.
Zachary Harden, 30 September 2018

The Special Olympic Games flag and emblem

[The Special Olympics flag - Vertical version]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, November 2005

In our local weekly "Hed ha'Qrayot" (The Qrayot Echo) of today, there is an item about the Israeli delegation to the "Special Olympics Games" which is a sport event for people who suffers from mental-retardation. In the item there was a photo of a flag with a logo and the inscription "Special Olympics". The Hebrew letter "Shin" below (the second letter in Israel) suggest it is the IL delegation.
Dov Gutterman, 16 November 2001.

The graphic above is of the Special Olympics Flag. The colors are not correct, however. The logo and name should be bright blue. The field is white. This flag is used as the ceremonial flag at the Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games. At the closing ceremony it is lowered and presented to the organizers of the next games. Unlike the Olympic Games, the same flag alternates between the Winter World Games and Summer World Games. (At the 2003 World Summer Games, for example, the flag will be handed to the organizers of the 2005 World Winter Games.)
Erik Bell, 14 June 2003.

[The Special Olympics flag as used in 1995]
Posted by Erik Bell, June 14, 2003.
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This is a photo that originally appeared in the USA Today newspaper showing the Special Olympics Flag as it was lowered at the 1995 World Summer Games Closing Ceremony.
Erik Bell, 14 June 2003.

[The Special Olympics flag as used in 2003]
Posted by Erik Bell, 14 June 2003.
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I found the following photo on the Special Olympics International homepage. It shows the Special Olympic Flag being lowered during the Closing Ceremony of the 2003 World Summer Games. The colors must have been changed since 1999. The flag used in 1995 and 1999 was white with bright blue logo and text. The flag in the photo has a green logo and red text. The 1st International Special Olympics at Chicago in 1968 used a similar flag with a gold logo and text on a dark (navy?) blue field. I don't know how long that first flag was used or when the white flag with the blue logo and text was introduced.
Erik Bell, 13 July 2003.

Flag variant

[The Special Olympics flag - Blue variant]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, November 2005

On the next page of Amigoe (a Neth. Antilles newspaper) two photos of the Curaçao team with a blue flag and white logo:
Mark Sensen, 17 July 2003.