Bely Mishka, the Polar Bear – This mascot was created by Oleg Seredechniy and it got 18% of the popular vote. The polar bear's story says that it lives on a shelf of ice beyond the Arctic Circle. His home comprises of all things made of snow and ice – his bed, his other furniture, even his computer. He was brought up by Arctic explorers from a very young age.
The Amur Snow Leopard mascot was created by Vadim Pak. It won 28% of the popular vote and was a favorite with President Putin. His story is depicted as a rescuer and mountain climber. He lives on the uppermost branches of a tree on the highest peak of the snowy, Caucasus mountains. He always helps and aids others in times of trouble. He is also a snowboarder.
About Mascot :
A contest was organised to choose the mascot for the 22nd 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place from 7-23 February in Sochi, Russia. Close to 24,048 drawings were received which were then brought down to 11 by a jury of experts and later reduced to 10 by the elimination of Father Frost due to a property rights issue.
The names of the top ten figures are Bullfinch, Polar Bear, The Leopard, Sunny, Fire Boy, Snow Girl, Brown Bear, Zaika the Hare, Dolphin and Matryoshka Dolls. These shortlisted mascots went through a second phase of the contest. After continuous efforts from professional designers, the final images of the mascot were drawn. The final decision of which would be the mascot for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was chosen in a live Television show named ‘Talismaniya Sochi 2014 - The Final’ broadcast on Channel One across Russia on 26thFebruary, 2011. In all, five mascots were chosen, three for the Winter Olympics and two for the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
The mascot’s finalization process is a long story that started with contests across the vast Russian country and later, internationally. The Leopard, favourite of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, was a clear winner with 28 % of the votes followed by 18 % votes for the Polar Bear and 16 % votes for the Hare. After rigorous polling, Mr Dmitry Chernyshenko, Head of the Sochi Organizing committee decided that there will be three mascots for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. These were the Polar Bear, the Hare and the Leopard created by Oleg Seredechniy, Silviya Petrova and Vadim Pak respectively.
Now the success story of how Sochi outclassed other competitors to win the 2014 Winter Olympics and bag the opportunity to choose its own mascot:
Winter Olympics are one of the most cherished sporting events across the globe. A group of seven countries initially took part in the bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics which were then screened down to three by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (South Korea) were the final three selected for voting. The first round cleared Salzburg out of the competition with least votes and thus, the tussle was summarised to two. Finally, Sochi defeated PyeongChang in the voting by a margin of 4 votes in the second round of polling.
As a result, Sochi provided Russia the first opportunity to host a Winter Olympics after its split from the Soviet Union.
Last Updated : January 14, 2014