Athens 2004 – Paralympic Emblem

Designer – Theodora Mantzaris

Emblem of the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games

The 2004 Paralympic emblem features the profile of a person, an athlete, man or woman. The figure looks forward, symbolising optimism for the future. At the center is the human face, breathing out the individual's strength and determination to succeed in all pursuits. The shape is friendly, the lines are smooth, the colour is warm, orange and bright, harbinger of the great celebration that is coming. The composition points to the sun and the flame that resides within all athletes, inspiring and imparting strength to them. At the same time, the sun is a direct reference to Greece, host of the 2004 Paralympic Games.