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Olympic Mascots

The Sochi Winter Olympics has three official mascots – Zaika, Bely Mishka, Amur, which were chosen by popular voting. Amur, the snow leopard received highest number of votes followed by Bely Mishka, the polar bear, Zaika, the doe hare.
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Mascots help build excitement around an event and are representatives of the games. The mascots for the London Olympics 2012 are Wenlock and Mandeville.
Mascots help build excitement for an event and act as representatives of the games. The mascots for the London Olympics 2012 are named Wenlock and Mandeville.

Wenlock's name was inspired by the Wenlock Olympian Society, an annual Olympic event held in Wenlock, England. Mandeville takes his name from the Stoke Mandeville Games. Wenlock wears five bracelets in the five Olympic ring colors. The three points on his head symbolize the three podiums of the winners (for first, second, and third place), the shape of his head is the same shape as the Olympic stadium, and on his body the logo of the game is printed. Mandeville wears a pink watch set to 0:20:12, and on his head there are three points in red, blue, and green representing the agitos, which is the symbol of paralympic games.

Olympic Mascots history:Since the first mascot in Olympic history made its appearance at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Olympic Mascots have become an important element of the Olympic image. As a popular image of vitality, a mascot manifests the Olympic spirit, communicates the concepts of each Olympic Games, promotes the history and culture of the host city and creates a festive atmosphere for the games. Mascots act as a vehicle for expressing the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children.

Whatever shapes they have, mascots must be able to convey the theme of the Olympic Games, showcase the distinctive features, history, and culture unique of the host city.

2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China: Fuwa
The 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots, called the Fuwa, means "Good luck dolls." The Fuwa were designed by Han Meilin and released on November 11, 2005 at an event that marked the 1000th day before the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics. The National Society of Chinese Classic Literature Studies made the presentation.

Olympic mascots are usually two or more animal figures or characters from the host country. The Fuwa comprises five members, representing the five traditional Chinese elements that include Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. Each of these five names sounds like a child's name, but when put together, they sound like a phrase meaning,"Beijing welcomes you." The five figures comprising the 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots also represent the Olympic Rings.

2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece: Athena and Phevos

The Athens Olympic Mascots, Athena and Phevos, with their wide feet, long necks and tiny heads, one in orange and the other in deep blue, are based on dolls, thousands of years old, found at archaeological sites in Greece. Greek mythology had it that Phevos and Athena are brother and sister, named after two Greek gods: Phevos, the god of light and music, and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens.

2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia: Syd, Olly and MillieOlly, Syd and Millie, designed by Matthew Hattan, are three native Australian animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney 2000 Games. They represent earth, air, and water.Olly, a name derived from "Olympic," is a kookaburra that epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity; Syd, derived from the Australian capital, Sydney, is a platypus that represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people; Millie, symbolizing the millennium, is an echidna, a technology whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips.

1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, USA - Izzy

Izzy, the mascot of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, was the first mascot designed on a computer. Izzy is an amorphous abstract fantasy figure whose name was derived from the question,"What is it?" because no one knew exactly what Izzy was.

1992 Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain - Cobi The mascot of the Barcelona Olympics was a dog named Cobi. The Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee had specially produced a TV series for Cobi to portray the spirit of the games. The Valencian artist, Javier Mariscal, created the dog Cobi as the official mascot of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, Korea - Hodori

For the 1988 Olympic Games, held in Seoul, Korea, was a small tiger designed by Kim Hyun was chosen as the mascot and named Hodori. Hodori was designed as an amicable tiger that portrayed the friendly and hospitable traditions of Koreans. Ho is derived from the Korean word for tiger, and Dori is a diminutive for boys in Korea. The friendly tiger of Seoul wore the Olympic Rings around its neck, much like a medal, while sporting a traditional Korean dance hat on its head.

1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, USA - Sam the Eagle

Designed by Walt Disney, Sam is a cartoon eagle who is dressed in the style of the legendary Uncle Sam, with a star-spangled background in red, white, and blue, the national colors of the United States. Commercial use of Olympic mascots was initiated at this point.

1980 Olympic Summer Games in Moscow - Misha

The Moscow Olympic mascot, Misha, was a bear, developed by the renowned illustrator of children's books Victor Chizikov. Misha became an instant international success.

1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montreal, Canada - Amik

Montreal's mascot, Amik, was a beaver named for the Algonquian word for beaver, the national animal of Canada., Algonquian is the most commonly spoken language amongst Native Americans in Canada. The beaver symbolizes hard work.

1972 Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Germany - Waldi

Waldi, the dachshund, was the mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Very popular in Bavaria, Waldi also possesses qualities that are indispensable to an athlete: resistance, tenacity, and agility. These are among the reasons he was chosen to be the mascot. Waldi was dressed in pastel colors to express the gaiety and joy of the Olympic festival.


Last updated on : August 02,2012

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