List of Olympic mascots

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The Olympic mascots are fictional characters, usually an animal native to the area or human figures, who represent the cultural heritage of the place where the Olympic and Paralympic Games are taking place. The mascots are often used to help market the Olympic Games to a younger audience, in particular toddlers and children.

Since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France the Olympic Games have had a mascot. The first major mascot in the Summer Olympic Games was Misha in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Starting with the 2010 Vancouver mascots, the Olympic and Paralympic mascots have been presented together.

List of mascots[edit]

Games City Mascot Character Designer Significance Picture
1968 Winter Olympics Grenoble Schuss Stylized skier Mme Lafargue (unofficial)
1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City El Jaguar Rojo de Chichen-Itza Red jaguar Based on a throne in the shape of a red jaguar in the "El Castillo" pyramid at Chichen Itzá.
Paloma de la Paz Dove Eduardo Terrazas and Lance Wyman A stylized white dove, it represented the slogan of the games, "Los juegos de la Paz", ("Games of the Peace").
1972 Summer Olympics Munich Waldi Dachshund dog Otl Aicher A popular breed in Bavaria, it represented the attributes required for athletes - resistance, tenacity and agility.
1976 Winter Olympics Innsbruck Schneemann Snowman It represents the Games of Simplicity. Olympische Winterspiele 1976 Innsbruck.jpg
1976 Summer Olympics Montréal Amik Beaver Yvon Laroche,
Pierre-Yves Pelletier,
Guy St-Arnaud and
George Huel
One of the national symbols of Canada. Mascotte JO 1976 Amik.jpg
1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid Roni Raccoon Donald Moss Its face design resembles the hat and goggles used by competitors. Named for the Adirondack mountain range.
1980 Summer Olympics Moscow Misha Bear cub Victor Chizhikov The bear was the national symbol of the Soviet Union. RIAN archive 488322 Flag-bearers of states-participants of the XXII Summer Olympic Games.jpg
1984 Winter Olympics Sarajevo Vučko Little wolf Joze Trobec Symbolizing the desire of humans to befriend animals. 1=According to the IOC, it helped change the common perception in the region of wolves as frightening and blood-thirsty.[citation needed]
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles Sam Bald eagle Robert Moore
(from
The Walt Disney Company)
The symbol of the United States. SamOlyEagle1.png
1988 Winter Olympics Calgary Hidy and Howdy Two polar bears Sheila Scott Both represent Western Canadian hospitality. Olympics-hidy-howdy.jpg
1988 Summer Olympics Seoul Hodori and Hosuni Two tiger cubs Hyun Kim Common in Korean legends. Seoulgamesmascot2005.JPG
1992 Winter Olympics Albertville Magique Man-star/snow imp Philippe Mairesse
1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona Cobi A Catalan sheepdog Javier Mariscal Drawn in cubist style
1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer Håkon and Kristin Two Norwegian children Both are dressed in Viking clothes. Kristin Haakon OLmaskot 1994.JPG
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta Izzy An abstract figure John Ryan The first computer-generated mascot. Mascot Izzy.jpg
1998 Winter Olympics Nagano The Snowlets:
Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki
Four owls Representing the four major islands of Japan. The first syllable of each name combines phonetically to create the word "Snowlets".
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney Olly
(from "Olympic")
Kookaburra Jozef Szekeres Matthew Hatton Representing the Olympic spirit of generosity.
Syd
(from "Sydney")
Platypus Representing the environment and energy of the people of Australia.
Millie
(from "Millennium")
Echidna Representing the Millennium. All three mascots are common wild animals found in Australia.
Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat
(unofficial; an allusion to "The Battlers' Prince")
Wombat Paul Newell with Roy & HG Created in protest against the commercialization of Olympic Mascots, this unofficial symbol ultimately became more popular than the official mascots. Fatso at Olympic Park.jpg
2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City Powder
(a.k.a. Swifter)
Snowshoe Hare Steve Small,
Landor Associates
and Publicis[1]
All three mascots are indigenous animals of the U.S. state of Utah, and are named after natural resources important to the state's economy. These animals are major characters in the legends of local American Indians, and these legends are reflected in the story of each mascot. To remind them of this heritage, all mascots wear a charm around their neck with a petroglyph image.[2]
Copper
(a.k.a. Higher)
Coyote
Coal
(a.k.a. Stronger)
American black bear
2004 Summer Olympics Athens Athena and Phevos Brother and sister Spyros Gogos Two modern children resembling ancient Greek dolls. Athens athena model.jpg
2006 Winter Olympics Turin Neve and Gliz A humanized snowball and ice cube Pedro Albuquerque Neve and Gliz 2.jpg
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing The Fuwa:
Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, Nini
Fish, giant panda, Olympic Flame, Tibetan antelope, swallow Han Meilin The five names form the Chinese phrase "Beijing huan ying ni" (北京欢迎你), which means "Beijing welcomes you". Each representing an Olympic ring and Feng Shui element. Mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympics (Shatin, Hong Kong).jpg
2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver Miga Mythical sea bear Meomi Design
(a group of
Vicki Wong and
Michael Murphy)
Part orca and part kermode bear Mascots Quatchi Miga and Sumi.jpg
Quatchi A sasquatch From Canadian mythology
Sumi An animal guardian spirit From Canadian mythology; has the wings of a Thunderbird, legs of an American black bear who wears a killer whale-like hat in an artistic style of Haida people.
Mukmuk A Vancouver Island Marmot Not an official mascot, but their designated "sidekick".
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Singapore Lyo and Merly Red male lion (Lyo), Blue female merlion (Merly) Cubix International The two characters are an allusion to the "Lion City" label of Singapore, and the Merlion, a national symbol of Singapore, respectively. Lyo and Merly in Hong Kong.jpg
2012 Summer Olympics London Wenlock and Mandeville[3] Drops of steel with cameras for eyes. Iris[4] Named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire - which hosted a precursor to the modern Olympic Games in the 19th century. It represents the UK's start of the Industrial Revolution. Olympic mascots (cropped).jpg
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Innsbruck Yoggl Alpine Chamois Florencia Demaría and Luis Andrés Abbiati of Argentina Yoggl represents the character of the host city of these games[5] Yoggl - Gala Nacht des Sports 2011.jpg
2014 Winter Olympics Sochi Bely Mishka (Polar Bear), Snow Leopard (leopard), Zaika (the dore hare) Silvia Petrova, Vadim Pak, Oleg Serdechny First mascots decided by popular vote. Stamps of Russia 2012 No 1559-61 Mascots 2014 Winter Olympics.jpg
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Nanjing LeLe(砳砳)[6] Rainflower Stone/Yuhua Stone (雨花石)[7] TBA NANJINGLELE is inspired by a unique natural feature of the host city known as the “Rain-Flower Pebble” (also translated as “Riverstone”). The design of the mascot takes the typical shape and appearance of this stone but in a creative and artistic way, highlighting the colours from the emblem’s palette. The word ‘lele’ represents the sound of stones colliding together and is pronounced like the Chinese word meaning happiness or joy. 2014 Summer Youth Games mascot.jpg
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro TBA TBA TBA
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Lillehammer TBA TBA TBA
2018 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang TBA TBA TBA
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Buenos Aires TBA TBA TBA
2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo TBA TBA TBA

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