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Olympic mascots

Waldi - Munich 1972

"Waldi", the first official mascot to appear for the 1972 Munich Games, was a Dachshund. He was modelled after Cherie von Birkenhof, a longhaired breed of the species. Waldi was the first official Olympic mascot.

Waldi's head and tail are light blue, and his body has vertical stripes with at least three of the five Olympic colours. Waldi was produced in various forms and sizes: plush, plastic, stickers, posters and buttons - but not as a pin until many years later.
Amik - Montreal 1976

"Amik" the beaver was chosen as the official mascot for the Summer Olympic Games of Montreal, 1976.

  "Amik" in Indian language means beaver. The beaver has always been associated with hard work.

Misha - Moscow 1980

The Moscow Olympic bear "Misha" was developed by the renowned illustrator of children’s books Victor Chizikov. It took the illustrator six months to draw one hundred variations of the bear that also carried the full name Mikhail Potapych Toptygin. "Misha" was finally unveiled on December 19th, 1977.

Misha was featured on hundreds of different pins, as a plush toy, in plastic, porcelain, rubber, wood, glass and metal. Misha also appeared on a stamp.

Sam - Los Angeles 1984

  The eagle "Sam" became the mascot of the Los Angeles Games. He was chosen because the imposing bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States. Robert Moore and his associates from Walt Disney Productions selected the eagle, and "Sam’s" design was targeted to appeal to children.

Hodori - Seoul 1988

"Hodori", the mascot of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, portrays the friendly side of a tiger, which is present in many Korean legends. The mascot’s name was chosen from a list of 2,295 names submitted by the public.

The " Ho" in "Hodori" comes from the Korean word for tiger, and "Dori" is a common masculine diminutive. The Olympic rings adorn the neck of Hodori, and he wears a "Sangmo" hat from a traditional farm dance. The streamer on his hat in the shape of an S stands for Seoul.

Cobi - Barcelona 1992

  The Spaniards did not immediately take to "Cobi", the surreal dog from the Summer Olympic Games of Barcelona, who was designed by local cartoonist Javier Mariscal.

  "Cobi’s" popularity slowly grew and by the end of the Games he was loved universally by the Spanish and the rest of the world.

  "Cobi" was supported by a group of mascots during the Barcelona Games. The whole mascot crew was featured as part of a popular Spanish TV show.

Izzy - Atlanta 1996

The mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta was an amorphous abstract fantasy figure. It carried the name "Izzy", derived from "Whatizit?" because no one seemed to know exactly what "Izzy" really was.

He changed his appearance several times after the closing ceremony in Barcelona in 1992. Over time he grew a mouth where only lips had existed, he added stars in his eyes, bulked up and gained muscles in his previously spindly legs, and eventually sprouted a nose.

Ollie, Syd and Millie - Sydney 2000

  Ollie", a Kookaburra, "Syd", a Platypus; and "Millie", an Echidna, are three native animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney 2000 Games. These Australian animals represent the earth, air and water.

  "Ollie": epitomises the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity (from Olympic).

  "Syd": represents the environment and captures the vigour and energy of Australia and its people (from Sydney).

  "Millie": is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips (from Millennium).

  The Organising Committee received hundreds of submissions from artists, children and others from around the world. Matthew Hatton’s design was chosen to represent the Olympic mascots for the forthcoming millennium.

Phevos and Athena - Athens 2004

Phevos and Athena, the official Athens 2004 mascots, are brother and sister. Their creation was inspired by an ancient Greek doll and their names are linked to Ancient Greece, yet the two siblings are children of modern times.

The names are of two Olympian gods: Phevos, the god of light and music, known as Apollo; and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens. Phevos and Athena represent the link between Greek history and the modern Olympic Games.

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