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Jan 4, 2011 1:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Rio Olympic logo designers under fire

SAO PAULO (AP) - The creators of the 2016 Rio Olympics logo are dismissing any claims of plagiarism, saying any similarities to one from a United States foundation is a coincidence.

The creators made the denial after Brazilian media noted similarities with the logo of the Telluride Foundation based in Colorado.  The comparisons began shortly after the Olympic logo was unveiled on New Year's Eve. Both logos depict figures embraced at the arms in a flowing motion.

The director of the Brazilian agency that designed the logo said Sunday he had never seen the foundation's version. Fred Gelli told GloboEsporte.com that the agency did extensive research to guarantee the design was unique.

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