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12th Paralympic Games: Athens 2004

[The Athens 2004 Paralympic flag] image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, December 2005

13th Paralympic Games: Beijing 2008

[The Beijing 2008 Paralympic flag] image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, Aug. 2008

Dubbed "Sky, Earth and Human Beings," the emblem of the Beijing Paralympics is a stylized figure of an athlete in motion, implying the tremendous efforts a disabled person has to make in sports as well as in real life. With the unity and the harmony of "sky, earth and human beings," the emblem incorporates Chinese characters, calligraphy and the Paralympic spirit. It embodies the Paralympic motto of "Spirit in Motion" and reflects the integration of heart, body and spirit in human beings - the core of the philosophy of Chinese culture. The three colours in the emblem represent the sun (red), the sky (blue) and the earth (green).

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: Beijing Paralympics Emblem
From The official website of the BEIJING 2008 Olympic Games
8 Aug. 2008.

14th. Paralympic Games: London 2012

The 2012 Summer Paralympics, the 14th Summer Paralympic Games, and also more generally known as the London 2012 Paralympic Games, were a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) that took place in London, United Kingdom from August 29 until September 9, 2012.

As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee established in 2001, the winner of the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics was also to host the 2012 Summer Paralympics. At the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, the rights to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were awarded to London.

The first (known) use of joint Olympic and Paralympic events in a flag, was first mentioned here "Flags at London Olympics" in which the same flag portrays both, the 2012 Summer Olympics logo (the fuchsia logo version) on the left and the 2012 Summer Paralympics logo on the right, and below the inscription "host country of the Olympic and Paralympic games", as seen here:

Also important to notice is that "the London 2012 Games were the first time that the Paralympic logo did not include the letters "IPC". The removal of the letters was the only change. On the reverse side of the [flag] you see the image reversed too."

The 2012 Paralympic mascot Mandeville (official website: was named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
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For additional information go to London 2012 Paralympics (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 6 August 2018

9th Winter Paralympic Games: Torino 2006

Original emblem/logo

[The Torino 2006 Paralympic original emblem] image by Torino 2006 Paralympics Committee, and
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, December 2005

Official flag

[The Torino 2006 Paralympic flag] image by Torino 2006 Paralympics Committee, December 2005

Blue variant flag

[The Torino 2006 Paralympic flag - Variant] image by Torino 2006 Paralympics Committee, and
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, December 2005

11th Winter Paralympic Games: Sochi 2014

[Flag of the 22nh Olympic Winter Games (Sochi 2014)] image by Zoltan Horvath, 27 January 2014

The XI Paralympic Winter Games are being held one month later than Sochi Winter Olympics, between 07 and 16 March 2014.
The logo for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games follows the same typography as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games emblem, and incorporates the Paralympic Symbol, the three Agitos in red, blue and green, symbolising the fact that Paralympic athletes are constantly inspiring and exciting the world with their performances, always moving forward and never giving up. Letters of web address are light blue with blue contours. This logo was also introduced in December 2009.
Zoltan Horvath, 27 January 2014