Olympics

All the summer Olympic Games mascots

The dove of peace was the symbol for the Olympic Games in Mexico 1968, though it's not officially recognised by the Olympic organisers as a mascot.

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Waldi, the sausage dog for Munich 1972

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Montreal in 1976 had a beaver called Amik as its mascot.

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Misha (full name Mikhail Potapych Toptygin) was the mascot for Moscow 1980.

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All American Sam was the eagle for Los Angeles 1984

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Friendly tiger Hodori was the mascot for Seoul in 1988.

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Cobi was the cute little fellow representing the games in Barcelona in 1992. He's a humanised Pyrenean mountain dog, in the cubist style. Oh yes he is.

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Not an animal, a human or an object, Izzy was simply the mascot for Atlanta 1996

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Sydney 2000 decided to have not one, not two but THREE mascots, count 'em. Olly, Syd and Millie. They are a duck-billed platypus (Syd), a kookaburra (Olly) and an echidna or spiny anteater (Millie).

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Athena and Phevos were the mascots for Athens 2004, representing two gods of Olympus: “Phoebos” is another name for Apollo, the god of light and music while “Athena” is the goddess of wisdom and protector of the city of Athens.

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Beijing went all out with FIVE mascots: BEIBEI, JINGJING, HUANHUAN, YINGYING, NINI The five names together makes the sentence “Welcome to Beijing” (Bei Jing Huan Ying Nin). The mascots form the “Fuwa”, which translates as “good-luck dolls”.

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Wenlock and Mandeville were the somewhat criticised mascots for London 2012.

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Vinicius, a blend of Brazilian animals and Tom, a blend of Brazilian plants, are the mascots of Rio 2016. Tom is the Paralympic games mascot.

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