List of Paralympic mascots
Each Paralympic Games have a mascot, usually an animal native to the area or occasionally human figures representing the cultural heritage. Nowadays, most of the merchandise aimed at young people focuses on the mascots, rather than the Paralympic flag or organization logos.
The unnamed mascots of 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, The Netherlands are possibly the first Paralympic mascots. But since Komduri in the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea, the Paralympic mascots has been associated with its Olympic counterparts.
List of mascots
|1980 Summer Paralympics||Arnhem||a pair of squirrels||Necky Oprinsen||Possibly the first Paralympic mascots when those Games were still called the World Disabled Games.|
|1988 Summer Paralympics||Seoul||the "Gomdoori"||two Asian black bears||The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for “teddy bear”, were the Paralympic mascots for Seoul 1988. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously.|
|1992 Winter Paralympics||Tignes-Albertville||Alpy||a mountain on a mono-ski||Vincent Thiebaut||Represented the summit of the Grande Motte mountain in Tignes. Colors were white green and blue, to represent nature and the lake.|
|1992 Summer Paralympics||Barcelona||Petra||a stylized armless girl||Javier Mariscal|
|1994 Winter Paralympics||Lillehammer||Sondre||troll, with an amputation||Tor Lindrupsen||The name was chosen in a competition and derives from the great skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.|
|1996 Summer Paralympics||Atlanta||Blaze||a colourful phoenix||Trevor Irvin||The phoenix is the symbol of the city of Atlanta.|
|1998 Winter Paralympics||Nagano||Parabbit||a white rabbit (1 red & 1 green ear)|
|2000 Summer Paralympics||Sydney||Lizzie||frill-necked lizard||Her frill was shaped like the combined islands of Australia and Tasmania|
|2002 Winter Paralympics||Salt Lake City||Otto||otter||The otter was chosen because it embodies vitality and agility; and some ancient Native American tribes considered the otter to be one of the most powerful of all animals.|
|2004 Summer Paralympics||Athens||Proteas||colourfully-striped seahorse||Spyros Gogos||Named after the mythologic sea-god or god of rivers and oceanic bodies of water, Proteus From the legend comes the name,after this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of "versatile", "mutable", "capable of assuming many forms". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.|
|2006 Winter Paralympics||Turin||Aster||humanized snowflake||Pedro Albuquerque|
|2008 Summer Paralympics||Beijing||Fu Niu LeLe||multi-coloured cow||Han Meilin|
|2010 Winter Paralympics||Vancouver||Sumi||mythical creature||Meomi Design
(a group of
Vicki Wong and
|With wings of a Thunderbird, legs of an American black bear, and a hat of a killer whale in an artistic style of Haida people. Part of Canadian legends.|
|Mukmuk||Vancouver Island marmot||Not an official mascot, but the designated "sidekick".|
|2012 Summer Paralympics||London||Mandeville||drop of steel, painted blue by the rainbow||Iris||Named after the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire.|
|2014 Winter Paralympics||Sochi||2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots||ray of light and snowflake||Natalia Balashova and Anna Zhilinsky|
|2016 Summer Paralympics||Rio de Janeiro||Tom||plant made of all Brazilian plants||Birdo||Inspired by Brazilian flora. Named after the Brazilian musician Tom Jobim decided by popular vote.|
|2018 Winter Paralympics||Pyeongchang||Bandabi||Asiatic black bear||TBA|
|2020 Summer Paralympics||Tokyo||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|2022 Winter Paralympics||Beijing||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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The mascots were created by Birdo Produções, a São Paulo-based design and animation company