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The Olympic mascot is a character, usually an animal native to the area or occasionally human figures, who represents the cultural heritage of the place where the Olympic Games are taking place. Since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France the Olympic Games have had a mascot. The first major mascot in the Olympic Games was Misha in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Misha was used extensively during the opening and closing ceremonies, had a TV animated cartoon and appeared on several merchandise products. Nowadays, most of the merchandise aimed at young people focuses on the mascots, rather than the Olympic flag or organization logos.

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List of mascots

Olympics City Mascot Character Designer Significance Picture
1968 Winter Olympics Grenoble Schuss Stylized skier Mme Lafargue
1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City El Tigre Rojo de Chichen-Itza red jaguar Based on a throne in the shape of a red jaguar in the "El Castillo" pyramid at Chichen Itzá.
Paloma de la Paz Dove Eduardo Terrazas and Lance Wyman A stylized white dove, it represented the slogan of the games, "Los juegos de la Paz", ("Games of the Peace").
1972 Summer Olympics Munich Waldi dachshund dog Otl Aicher A popular breed in Bavaria, it represented the attributes required for athletes - Resistance, Tenacity and Agility. Optimized image 6d63bfd8.png
1976 Winter Olympics Innsbruck Schneemann Snowman It represents the Games of Simplicity.
1976 Summer Olympics Montréal Amik beaver Yvon Laroche, Pierre-Yves Pelletier, Guy St-Arnaud and George Huel One of the national symbols of Canada
1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid Roni raccoon Donald Moss Its face design resembles the hat and goggles used by competitors. Named for the Adirondack Mountain range.
1980 Summer Paralympics Arnhem Unnamed a pair of squirrels Possibly the first Paralympic mascots when those Games were still called the World Disabled Games.
1980 Summer Olympics Moscow Misha bear cub Victor Chizhikov The Bear was the national symbol of the Soviet Union.
1984 Winter Olympics Sarajevo Vučko little wolf Joze Trobec Symbolizing the desire of humans to befriend animals. According to the IOC, it helped change the common perception in the region of wolves as frightening and blood-thirsty.
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles Sam bald eagle Robert Moore (The Walt Disney Company) The symbol of the United States. SamOlyEagle1.png
1988 Winter Olympics Calgary Hidy and Howdy Two polar bears Sheila Scott Both represent Western Canadian hospitality. Olympics-hidy-howdy.jpg
1988 Summer Olympics Seoul Hodori and Hosuni two tiger cubs Hyun Kim Common in Korean legends.
1988 Summer Paralympics Seoul the "Komduri" two Asian black bears.
1992 Winter Olympics Albertville Magique man-star/snow imp Philippe Mairesse
1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona Cobi a cubist Catalan Sheepdog Javier Mariscal
1992 Summer Paralympics Barcelona Petra a stylized girl without arms
1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer Håkon and Kristin two Norwegian children Both are dressed in traditional Norwegian clothes.
1994 Winter Paralympics Lillehammer Sondre troll, an amputee Tor Lindrupsen The name was chosen in a competition and derives from the great skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta Izzy an abstract figure the first computer-generated mascot
1996 Summer Paralympics Atlanta Blaze a colorful phoenix The phoenix is the symbol of the city of Atlanta.
1998 Winter Olympics Nagano The Snowlets - Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki four owls Representing the four major islands of Japan. The first syllable of each name combines phonetically to create the word "Snowlets".
1998 Winter Paralympics Nagano Parabbit a white rabbit (1 red & 1 green ear)
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney Olly (from Olympic) kookaburra Matthew Hatton Representing the Olympic spirit of generosity.
Syd (from Sydney) Platypus Representing the environment and energy of the people of Australia.
Millie (from Millennium) echidna Representing the millennium.
2000 Summer Paralympics Sydney Lizzie [1] Frill-necked Lizard Her frill was shaped like the combined islands of Australia and Tasmania
2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City Copper coyote representing Higher
Powder snowshoe hare representing Faster
Coal bear representing Stronger. 3rd Olympic bear mascot. File:Olympic-mascots-salt-lake-city.jpg
2002 Winter Paralympics Salt Lake City Otto otter the otter was chosen because it embodies vitality and agility; and some ancient Indian tribes considered the otter to be one of the most powerful of all animals. Otto the otter.jpg
2004 Summer Olympics Athens Athena and Phevos brother and sister Spyros Gogos Two modern children resembling ancient Greek dolls. File:Athena-phevos.jpg
2004 Summer Paralympics Athens Proteas colorfully-striped seahorse Proteas2004.jpg
2006 Winter Olympics Turin Neve and Gliz A humanized snowball and ice cube Pedro Albuquerque Neve and Gliz.jpg
2006 Winter Paralympics Turin Aster A humanized snowflake [2]
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing The Fuwa: Beibei (贝贝), Jingjing (晶晶), Huanhuan (欢欢), Yingying (迎迎), Nini (妮妮) Fish, giant panda, Olympic Flame, Tibetan antelope, swallow Han Meilin Collectively "The Fuwa". The 5 names form the Chinese phrase "Beijing huan ying ni"(北京欢迎你), which means "Beijing welcomes you".Each representing an Olympic ring and feung shui element. Note: The picture is one of the mascots. To see more, click here. Fuwa.png
2008 Summer Paralympics Beijing Fu Niu LeLe Multi-colored cow Mascote paralympic 2008 pequim paraolimpico beijing 2008 fu niu lele.jpg
2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver Miga Mythical sea bear Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy (Meomi Design) Part orca and part kermode bear Miga.jpg
Quatchi A sasquatch Part of Canadian legends. Quatchi.jpg
Mukmuk A Vancouver Island Marmot Not an official mascot, but their designated sidekick Mukmuk.jpg
2010 Winter Paralympics Vancouver Sumi A mythical creature With wings of a Thunderbird, legs of a black bear, and a hat of an orca whale. Part of Canadian legends. Sumi.jpg
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Singapore Lyo and Merly A lion cub and a merlion cub The official mascots of the first Summer Youth Olympic Games. They represent the Singaporean culture. Leo and merly.jpg
2012 Summer Olympics London TBA TBA TBA
2012 Summer Paralympics London TBA TBA TBA
2014 Winter Olympics Sochi TBA TBA TBA
2014 Winter Paralympics Sochi TBA TBA TBA
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro TBA TBA TBA
2016 Summer Paralympics Rio de Janeiro TBA TBA TBA

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