Want to text and tweet your love for the Olympics? Olympics emojis are here! There’s just one caveat: They’re only (so far!) officially licensed to Twitter, which means if you want to send a Snap or text a pal with the Games’ iconic five-ring symbol, you’ll have to work a little bit harder. Here’s our guide to how to download and get Olympics emojis so you can cheer on Team USA on your devices and celebrate sports around the world.
How to get Olympics emojis
How to get the official Olympics emoji on Twitter
On Twitter, use the hashtag #Olympics to flaunt the official Olympic Games’ emoji. It’s available in more than 30 languages on the platform.
BREAKING: The #Olympics emoji is here!
For the first time ever, it is available in over 30 different languages on Twitter – try it out in the replies! pic.twitter.com/PYJyUlBVoh
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 22, 2021
There are also official emojis for gold, silver and bronze medals when you use the corresponding hashtags (#Gold, #Silver and #Bronze, respectively), as well as official emojis for several Olympic sports, including swimming, archery, gymnastics, volleyball, cycling, football, handball, wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, canoeing and more.
You can also get emojis for hashtags corresponding to #Tokyo2020, #OpeningCeremony and #ClosingCeremony, as well as emojis for the flags of each country participating. To get the flag emojis, use the hashtag for the country’s three-letter code. For example, if you want Japan’s flag, you’d use #JPN. For Team USA, you’d use #USA.
It’s still not all! The sports emojis are also live.
Which ones will you use? pic.twitter.com/0oZglEecxk
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 23, 2021
How to get the Simone Biles emoji on Twitter
Simone Biles has her own emoji on Twitter, which honors her as the G.O.A.T.—the greatest of all time! Twitter Sports announced the move this week. When you use the hashtag #SimoneBiles or #Simone, a cartoon goat will appear in a sparking scarlet leotard rocking a gold medal around its neck.
— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) July 21, 2021
Why can’t I download official Olympics emojis?
The answer is likely a simple one: Licensing.
The Olympics logo is trademarked, Wired reports, as are the following words and phrases: “United States Olympic Committee,” “Olympic,” “Olympiad,” “Paralympic,” “Paralympiad,” “Pan-American,” “Citius Altius Fortius” (the Olympics’ three-word Latin motto: “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”), and “America Espirito Sport Fraternite” (the Pan American Games’ motto).
That means if you get caught using any of those assets without permission, you can be penalized financially (or, as is often the case, formally instructed to knock it off with the knock-offs). You must obtain written consent from the International Olympics Committee to use the Olympics logo, and they don’t often grant it. In fact, several small businesses have previously been ordered to stop mentioning “Olympics” or using the rings logo in their work.
How to get other Olympics emojis for different apps
Several other Olympics-themed emojis are available on various platforms, though not all are sanctioned by the organization.
Some standard emojis that you can use for the Olympics including emojis of people running, fencing, swimming, lifting weights, wrestling and cycling, as well as emojis for martial arts uniforms, globes, volleyball, field hockey, ping pong, goal nets, boxing gloves and more.
- EmojiPng has numerous Olympics-themed emojis for download, including some specifically in honor of the 2020 Tokyo Games.
- EmojiSky has several Olympics-themed emojis available for download as .png files.