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An introduction to emblems and mascots of Paralympic Games (photos attached)
Updated:2004-07-13

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Paralympic Summer Games Sydney 2000

The Logo




The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games logo embodies the vitality of Sydney, the spirit of Australia and the ability and achievement of the Paralympic athlete. The logo depicts a dynamic human form -- represented by three graphic shapes -- leaping triumphantly forward and "breaking through" towards the Paralympic Games in 2000. It also portrays the Paralympic torch and echoes the sails of Sydney's greatest landmark, the Opera House.

The logo is cast in three of the unique colours of Australia: the rich blue of Sydney Harbour, the warm red of the earth, and the lush green of the forest. The logo and its colours complement the IPC logo which consists of three Tae-Geuks, in green, red and blue, which symbolise the three most significant components of any human being --Mind, Body, Spirit -- the motto adopted by the IPC.

The Mascot




The Mascot for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games was Lizzie, the frill-necked lizard.

She was chosen to carry the Paralympic messages of performance, power and pride to both Australian and international audiences.

Her strength, determined will and attitude symbolise all Paralympians. Lizzie's frill is shaped as the map of Australia with its green and gold colours, while her body is the red ochre colour of the land.

Paralympic Winter Games Salt Lake 2002

The Logo




The logo of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games is made up of three distinct marks. The sphere on the top represents the head of the Paralympic athlete and also symbolizes the global unity of the Paralympic Movement. Two broad fluid lines represent the athlete in motion. The three tae geuks beneath the athlete reproduce the green, red and blue marks on the Paralympic Flag.

The Mascot




The mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002 was Otto the otter. Ancient Indian tribes considered the otter to be one of the most powerful of all animals. After being nearly wiped out by pollution and overtrapping the river otter has been reintroduced to Utah and can be seen along the banks of the Green River and near Flamig Gorge. The otter was chosen as the official mascot of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games because he embodies vitality and agility, and represents the spirit of every Paralympian.

Paralympic Summer Games Athens 2004

The Logo




The Organising Committee for the Olympic and the Paralympic Games ATHENS 2004 has made the strategic choice to promote a unified visual identity for both events. This choice has already been portrayed in designing the emblems for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as in the design of the pictograms, the secondary graphics and the main marks (environment, volunteers and culture).

The design applications aim to promote a unified visual identity of both events, as well as capture the unique values of the 2004 Paralympic Games and the special flavour that the Greek organisation will add to the event.

The Mascot




The mascot for the 2004 Paralympic Games is a sea  horse (hippocampus) named Proteas, from a divinity of the Greek mythology. The name embraces the notion of excellence that is a core notion of the Paralympic Games, as the athletes seek to overcome themselves in achieving even higher competition performances. The Greek word "protos" means first in rank, excellent.

Paralympic Winter Games Torino 2006

The Logo A stylish logo for disabled sport




The logo chosen for the Torino 2006 Paralympic Games, designed by the Benincasa-Husmann studio which also created the emblem of the Torino's Olympic Games, has many similarities both with the Olympic logo and the logo used till Paralympic Games in Athen, of the International Paralympic Committee. The three graphic elements of the upper section of the logo represent human figures creating an upward soaring movement that conveys an impression of energy, joy and the will to aim ever higher - in other words, the values of the Paralympic Movement, in complete armony with the idea of universality expressed through the new logo. Similarly, the colours chosen for the logo -- green, blue and red -- are a re-interpretation of the three colours of the logo of the IPC, in accordance with the image and values of Torino 2006: blue that has always distinguished Italian sport all over the world but also the colour of snow and ice; green symbolises nature and the Italian landscape; red, the colour of passion, the value that is the best expression of the vitality, enthusiasm and willpower of Paralympic athletes.

As with the logo of Torino 2006, the Paralympic emblem conveys important meanings -- Valentino Castellani, president of TOROC states- because, as for the Olympics, the Paralympics represent values of solidarity, friendship among people, courage and loyal competition. What I see and what I like to see in this logo is the image of three persons holding hands, three persons supporting one another and creating a bond of solidarity.

An effective blend of abstract aspects and style, these are the distinguishing characteristics of the logo of the Paralympic Games presented to the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in Rome on January 20, 2003.


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