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Winter Olympics Stamps FTW!

Reflective of their countries, aesthetically pleasing, and styled to fit on a square-inch canvas, these international stamps win our gold medals of graphic design.

Lillehammer norway 1994 ski From Cambodia, for the Games in Lillehammer, Norway (1994)An homage to slalom, a sport with the objective of avoiding poles and gates as one glides down hills—a popular technique for even amateur skiers. Hockey hungary Austria Photo by DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Hungary, for the Games in Innsbruck, Austria (1976)Because during the Winter Olympics, we need reminding hockey exists outside Canada. stamp winter olympics 1960 Photo by DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom the United States, for the Games in Squaw Valley, California (1960)Nothing says “Winter Olympics” quite like white rings and a snowflake. stamp Sarajevo Bosnia

DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Guinea-Bissau, for the Games in Sarajevo, Bosnia (1984)Ski jumping and cross country skiing, two sports of extreme highs (risk, and endurance).

Italy stamp

DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Italy, for the Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956)Here, a lovely depiction — or, rather, cross-section — of Italy's own Winter Olympic arena.

Pink skate russia

ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Bulgaria, for the Games in Calgary, Canada (1988)Move over, triple axel. “Breaking the ice,” wherein the skater swims underneath the rink in a spectacular display.

Korea 1980 b

DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom North Korea, for the Games in Lake Placid, New York (1980)North Korea didn't make it to these U.S. games. But commemorative stamps, they did make.

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ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Switzerland, for the Games in St. Moritz (1948)Los Angeles and Moscow were both the front runners for hosting the '76 Olympics, but underdog Montreal held the games. Canada was seen as neutral ground — an easy flight from New York, but still big and cold.

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ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Switzerland, for the Games in St. Moritz (1948)Thanks to the Swiss design masters of the 1940s, this snowflake gets a 10 out of 10.

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iStock/Getty Images PlusFrom Russia, for the Games in Albertville, France (1992)Proving you can body-surf in winter.

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ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom North Korea, for the Games in Innsbruck, Austria (1976)These friends seem to be confused as to how to use their equipment. Guy on the left, get your shoelaces under control. Guy on the right, take the boot off if you need to get the rock out.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Bhutan, for the Games in Innsbruck, Austria (1976)Finally some respect for the hardworking bobsledders who go uphill.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom France, for the Games in Grenoble, France (1968)A snowflake and white rings... with a French accent.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesLeft: From Equatorial Guinea, for the Games in Sapporo, Japan; Right: From Romania, for the Games in Albertville, France (1992)The stamp on the left commemorates aerial luge flying, and the stamp on the right commemorates red latex onesies.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Hungary, for the Games in Lake Placid, New York (1980)Free falling may induce screaming.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Madagascar, for the Games in Albertville, France (1992)An homage to the great LSD doping scandal of 1992.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Bulgaria, for the Games in Lake Placid, New York (1994)The year of the ski-spacesuit.

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DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom the USSR, for the Games in Innsbruck, Austria (1976)The first and last year the “shooting from a cannon” category was incorporated into the games.

Saporro Olympic Stamp 1972

DeAgostini/Getty ImagesFrom Equatorial Guinea, for the Games in Sapporo, Japan (1972)This athlete’s looking to get disqualified for non-regulation-size poles.