Organization: Organizing Committee for the 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled
Designer: Peter G. Robinson
The design consists of the upper portion of a human figure with raised arms, positioned above the top three rings of the Olympic Games logo, inside a triangular shape with rounded edges.
The following is from the official program of the Torontolympiad:
The Graphic Symbol created for the 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled by Peter G. Robinson, Toronto graphics designer and Chairman of the Graphics Committee, consists of three elements: an equilateral triangle with rounded corners; a pictogram of a human figure with arms raised in a gesture of achievement; three interlocking rings.
The rings derive from the traditional symbol of the Stoke Mandeville Games – three wheelchair wheels, representing Friendship, Unity and Sportsmanship. In addition, the three rings represent the three disability groups competing in the Olympiad: the blind, amputee and paralyzed athletes.
The rings may also be interpreted as deriving from the traditional five-ring symbol of the regular Olympic Games, with the loss of two rings symbolically representing some disability.
The triumphant figure at the apex of the triangle portrays the handicapped rising above disability through participation in sport. The triangle itself is a one-dimensional representation of the pyramid of the international sports-movement for the handicapped, a structure which rests on a vast base of sport and recreational organizations throughout the world.