2004  Athens Summer Olympics

2004 Summer Olympics - Olympic Memorabilia

Winner Medals

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Part of the ribbon
1st Place: Gold Medal Material: Gilt Silver
    Weight 148 gr
2nd Place: Silver Medal Material: Silver
    Weight 139 gr
3rd Place: Bronze Medal Material: Bronze
    Weight 118 gr
Diameter: 60 mm Design by: Elena Votsi and
Kostas Kazakos
    Mint: Efsimon
Thickness: 5 mm Ribbon: Multicolor
Obverse: Winged Nike over Panathinaikon Stadium, Acropolis in background.
Reverse: Athens 2004 logo and Olympic flame dividing 4-line Greek legend
Numbers of Medals: Gold:     682                    Silver:   678                        Bronze:   696

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Presentation box
Olympic Medals 2004

The Olympic medals for the Athens Games were presented on 2 July 2003. This presentation was the final step in a long process that involved nine Greek artists who kindly accepted the invitation to participate in a design tender for the creation of the Athens medals. Elena Votsi submitted the winning entry.

Since the Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928, the medals main side had kept more or less the same design. ATHOC`s aim was to modify this main side in order to include Greed elements that would highlight the close bonds between Greece and the Olympic movement. Therefore, candidates were asked to include the goddess "Nike" of Paeonios and the Panathinaiko Stadium in their design ffor the main side of the medal.

"Nike" of Paeonios is a statue exhibited in the museum of Ancient Olympia and is a direct reference to the Greek origin of the Games. The statue, created in 421BC by the well- known sculptor Paeonios, depicts the goddess "Nike" who was worshipped in ancient times as the personification of victory, in the stadium as in the battlefield. Historical research showed that the goddess "Nike" was always presented as "winged", descending from the gods to sing praises and crown a winner.The Panathinaiko Stadium, also presented on the main side of the medal, highlights the revival of the Olympic Games which took place in 1896 in this venue.

On the reverse side, three elements are depicted. The eternal flame that is lit in Olympia for every Olympic Games, the opening lines of Pindar`s Olympic Ode composed in 460BC to honour an Olympic wrestling winner, and the Athens Games emblem.After the presentation of the Athens medals, the IOC approved their new design and decided to adopt it for the Games to come.

The look of the Olympic medals was completed with the multicoloured ribbon which was designed bearing patterns from the Panorama graphic and the ATHENS 2004 logotype.

Source document: Official Report 2004, Vol. 1, page 327

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Participation Medal

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Material: Bronze Weight: 61 gr
Diameter: 50 mm Design by:  
Thickness: 4 mm Mint: Efsimon
Obverse: Athens 2004 logo
Reverse: Games legend. Greek text and wavy decoration on both sides.

Presentation box
Participation Diploma 2004 Athens




2004 olympic winner diploma

Size: 21,5 x 30 cm
Design by: unknown
Printed by: inknown
Signed by: Jacques Rogge, President
International Olympic Committee and
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, President of
the Organising Committee


Sport Posters
Image & Identity designed 28 posters which presented the repective Olympic Sports. The theme of the posters was the Sport pictograms. Each poster could function independently. All 28 combined together produced a giant composition. They were printed in two sizes: normal and mini poster size. The mini posters were presented all together as a collection.
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Artistic Posters
Ever since the revival of the Games in 1896 posters were designed by painters an graphic artists to promote the Games and demonstrate the artistic level of the host country. The Organising Committee created a panel formed by personalities of the art world and asked them to identify a list of 28 Greek artists. These artists were then invited to create a work of art especially for the Athens Games, which would be used to develop 28 posters (a direct reference to the number of the Games).

Nikos Alexiou, Michalis Arfaras, Dimitris Arvanitis, Yiannis Bouteas, Christos Caras, Pantelis Chandris, Alekos Fasianos, Vasso Kyriaki, Antonis Kyriakoulis, Yannis Moralis, Kyriakos Mortarakos, Dimitris Mytaras, Nikos Navridis, Angelos Papadimitriou, Maria Papadimitriou, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Pavlos, Jannis Psychopedis, Alexandros Psychoulis, Sotiris Sorogas, Marios Spiliopoulos, Panagiotis Tetsis, Theodoros, Costas Tsoclis, Eleni Vernadaki, Zafos Xagoraris, Constantin Xenakis and Manolis Zacharioudakis were the 28 artists who participated in the project. Their works of art illustrated 28 posters which were printed in two sizes: normal and mini poster size. The mini posters were presented all together as a collection.

Source document: Official Report 2004, Vol. 1, page 329

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Sport Pictograms

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



  Mascots 2004

In the beginning of 2001, an international design tender was announced for the creation of the mascot. A total of 196 companies and individual designers from around the world responded to the mascot tender: 127 entries eventually qualified providing the Evaluation Committee a wide variety of proposals. The winning proposal was submitted by the Greek design agency Paragraph Design Ltd. and the creator was S. Gogos.

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Athena and Phevos were presented to the public on 4 April 2002 and made an impact from the very beginning. Athena and Phevos were two children, a sister and a brother, related to ancient Greece. The source of their inspiration was an ancient Greek doll from the 7th century BC. The bell-shaped terracotta doll has movable limbs and is dressed in a tunic. In ancient times, these dolls were known as "daidala". Their names were inspired by two Olympian Gods: Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens. Phevos, the Olympian god of light and music, known as Apollo.

Athena and Phevos quickly became part of Greek everyday life and impressed everyone with their presence during the Games. Different poses were created to show them engaging in carefree, spontaneous play, reminding us all that participation is worth more than victory. While playing, they did not miss a single Olympic Sport. They explored every discipline with playfulness and team spirit. With a wide smile on their face, Athena and Phevos never ceased to find new ways to meet heir challenges. The two children symbolised the Olympic ideal, noble competition and equality, through creativity and sports. They reminded everyone that humanity is, and will always remain, at he centre of the Olympic Games.

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The mascots were very important for the success of the Licensing programme. Flexibility and variety became a key consideration for the licensing applications. A special typeface was created and a procedure was set in place so that licensees were able to work with the mascots creator under the direction and supersision of the Organising Committee. Sponsors also benefited from these provisions and had the opportunity to incorporate Athena and Phevos in their corporate or product communication.

More than 100 poses were created until the end of the Games to accommodate the needs for design applications using Athena and Phevos.

Source document: Official Report 2004, Vol. 1, page 320


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Four different templates for tickets were designed for the Olympic Games. Two templates were to be used for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies`tickets. 

The third template was for the souvenir tickets (pre-booked and dispatched to spectators in advance). Finally, the fourth template was intended for the thermal tickets (sold through ticket kiosks Games-time).

Source document: Official Report 2004, Vol. I, page 329

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