Sport pictograms are used as the essential
visual reference for any information related to the Competition Schedule
and the Venues. Each is a seperate image showing the Sports and Disciplines
special features and enabling the viewer to recognise them immediately.
The Image & Identity Department directed the design of 35 pictograms
representing the 28 Olympic Sports and certain Disciplines.
The ATHENS 2004 Sport pictograms were inspired
by three elements of ancient Greek civilisation. The simplicity of the
human form is inspired by the Cycladic figurines. The Artistic expression
of the Pictogram derives from the black-figure vases, where solid black
shapes represent the human body and a single line defines the detailing
of the form. The figures of the pictograms are solid and clearly drawn
on a background similar to a gragment of an ancient vase.
While their inspiration was very artistic
and cultural, the ATHENS 2004 Sport pictograms were very accurate in depicting
the most recognisable movement of each individual Sport and Discipline
and were approved by all International Federations and by the IOC.
Source document: Official
Report 2004, Vol. 1, page 323