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2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots




Olympic Mascots: Generally, the Olympics mascot is an animal or human figure representing the cultural heritage of the host country and was first introduced in the year 1968. Schuss, a cartoon-like character on skis, was the unofficial mascot of the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble.

However, the first official mascot in the history of Summer Olympic made its appearance at the 1972 Munich Summer Games, ever since Olympic Mascots have become a main element of the Summer Games. As a unique and popular image full of vitality, a mascots is able to materialize the Olympic spirit, communicate the concepts of each Summer Games, promote the history and culture of the host city and create a festive atmosphere for the Games. Mascots act as a significant vehicle for communicating the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children and youth. Whatever shapes they have, they fundamentally share a creative rationale, that is, the mascots must be able to convey the theme of the Summer Games, showcase the distinctive geographical features, history and culture unique to the host city.

2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots

A long awaited 2008 Beijing Summer Games mascots was unveiled on November 11, 2005, exactly 1000 days before the Beijing Summer Games. Olympics 2008 mascots is a set of five doll mascots, which draw their color and inspiration from the five Olympic rings. 2008 Beijing Summer Games mascots is designed by Han Meilin, chief of the mascot designers' group. He said that since it was not possible for a single figure to represent China's intense and diversified culture, his team came out with the idea of five mascots instead of one. "Fuwa", 2008 Beijing Summer Games mascots, also embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals - the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow - and the Olympic Flame. Fuwa or Friendlies, 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots, is a symbol that carry with it a message of friendship and peace and convey blessings from China to children all over the world.

Each Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name - represents Beibei the Fish, Jingjing the Panda, Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, Yingying the Tibetan Antelope and Nini the Swallow. Each of these five names seems like a possible child name, but when put together, they sound identical to a phrase meaning, "Beijing welcomes you".

With the motto of spreading prosperity, happiness, passion, health and good luck across the continents, Fuwa, 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots, offers a warm invitation for the 2008 Summer Games.

Beibei: Beibei is known to be gentle and purest among Fuwa and reflects the blue Olympic rings. The fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest in Chinese culture and art. Beibei reflects the strength in water sports.

Jingjing: Jingjing, one of the five dolls of 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots, symbolizes blessing of happiness wherever he goes. The lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress represent the lush green forest and man's harmonious relationship with nature. Jingjing reflects the black Olympic rings. He shows the strength in athletics.

Huanhuan: Better known as big brother among Fuwa, Huanhuan represents red Olympic rings. As a child of fire, he symbolizes the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport. It is believed that wherever he goes he inspires all with the passion to run faster, jump higher and be stronger. Huanhuan reflects the excellence in ball games.

Yingying: Yingying as a symbol of being fast and agile represents the yellow Olympic rings. It reflects the strength in track and field events.

Nini:Nini symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing. It represents the green Olympic rings and reflects strength in gymnastics.



Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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