Sam (mascot)

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Not to be confused with Sam the Eagle.
Sam the Olympic Eagle
Sam the Olympic Eagle
(Eagle Sam)
Genre Sports, Comedy
Anime television series
Directed by Hideo Nishimaki
Music by Harumi Ibu
Studio DAX International Inc.
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
Original run April 7, 1983March 29, 1984
Episodes 51
Anime and Manga portal

Sam the Olympic Eagle was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. He is a bald eagle, which is the national bird of the United States, where the games were held. Intended as a patriotic symbol, being named Sam also suggests a kinship with Uncle Sam, another American symbol. He was designed by Disney Legend Bob Moore, an artist for Disney.

He is often confused by guests of Disneyland, and also by those reading documentation about mascot designs for the Olympics, for another Disney mascot named Eagle Sam, host of the former Disneyland attraction America Sings, and designed by animator Marc Davis c. 1973. He shares the name of Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show, but the design is vastly different. He is still known as Eagle Sam in Japan, where an animated series of the same name ran during 1983, the year preceding the Summer Olympics. Even after the conclusion of the Games, Sam the Eagle is still used to promote a track and field event, the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College, specifically its "LA84 Youth Days" promotion for youth interested in athletics, run by a charitable group founded during the Olympics.

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