Cy the Cardinal

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Cy the Cardinal
Cy the Cardinal logo.svg
Cy the Cardinal
University Iowa State University
Conference Big 12
Description Cyclones
First seen 1954 [1]

Cy the Cardinal is the mascot of Iowa State University's sports teams.

Origin of Cy[edit]

Since a cyclone was difficult to depict in costume, a cardinal was selected from the cardinal and gold of the official school colors. A cardinal-like bird was introduced at the 1954 homecoming pep rally. A contest was conducted to select a name for the mascot, and the winning entry of Cy was submitted by 17 people. The first to submit the name, Mrs. Wilma[2] Ohlsen, won a cardinal and gold stadium blanket.


Cy has won two national mascot challenges since 2007; the CBS Sportsline Most Dominant College Mascot on Earth in 2007,[3] and the CapitalOne Bowl National Mascot of the Year in 2008.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Origin of Cy". 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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  3. ^ "About Cyclone athletics". Iowa State University Relations. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cy Wins National Mascot Challenge". 1 January 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2011.