Neve and Gliz

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Neve and Gliz
Torino Olympic Mascots.svg
The 2006 Winter Olympic mascots
Origin of name Italian word for snow (neve) and shorten form for the Italian word for ice (ghiaccio).
First seen September 28, 2004
Last seen February 26, 2006

Neve and Gliz are the official mascots of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, created by Pedro Albuquerque. They both represent the characteristics of the Winter Games, including "Snow and Ice". Neve ("Snow" in Italian) is a humanized female snowball that wears red and represents "softness, friendship and elegance." Gliz (a shortened form of Ghiaccio, "Ice" in Italian) is a humanized male ice cube who wears blue and represents "enthusiasm and joy." For the election of the official mascots of the 2006 Winter Games, the Organizing Committee of the Winter Games(TOROC) conducted a contest to which 237 proposals were submitted before closure of the nominations on May 20, 2003. Of these candidates, five came to the final round in which they were evaluated by an international jury selected by TOROC. The election was subsequently ratified by the Presidential Committee of TOROC. Finally, the winners, Albuquerque's "Neve and Gliz," were submitted on September 28, 2004, exactly 500 days before the opening if the Olympics.

Neve and Gliz with a fan at Sponsor Village in piazza Solferino of Turin

For the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games, TOROC subsequently requested Albuquerque for the creation of a new mascot along the creative lines of Neve and Gliz. He created "Aster", a stylized snow flake that is to convey the Paralympic ideals: the determination, passion and courage of the disabled athlete. When shown in sport uniforms, Aster is usually represented by the color green. It also completes the colors shown in the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games logo.

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Preceded by
Athena and Phevos
Olympic mascot
Neve and Gliz

Torino 2006
Succeeded by