Neve and Gliz
|Neve and Gliz|
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|
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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.
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.
- Official site for the 2006 Winter Olympics mascot page (Internet Archive)
- Official site for the 2006 Winter Paralympics mascot page (Internet Archive)
- Presentation of the 2006 Winter Olympics Mascots (PDF archive)
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Neve and Gliz
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