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Olympic Mascots Through the Years

Since 1968, it has been a tradition to have a mascot for each of the Olympic games. Take a peek at our photo gallery of Olympic mascots and then use the comments section to tell us which Olympic mascots you think were the wildest, craziest, weirdest and coolest.

1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France

"Schuss" was the very first unofficial Olympic mascot. The little man on skis appeared at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

“Schuss” was the very first unofficial Olympic mascot. The little man on skis appeared at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany

"Waldi" the Dachshund appeared at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, West Germany. He was the first official Olympic mascot. Dachsunds are a popular dog breed in Bavaria.

“Waldi” the Dachshund appeared at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, West Germany. He was the first official Olympic mascot. Dachsunds are a popular dog breed in Bavaria.

1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria

"Schneeman" was the official mascot at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

“Schneeman” was the official mascot at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada

"Amik" the beaver was the mascot in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada. The beaver is one of the national symbols of Canada.

“Amik” the beaver was the mascot in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada. The beaver is one of the national symbols of Canada.

1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York

"Roni" the raccoon was the mascot at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. He replaced Rocky, a real raccoon, who died before the games began.

“Roni” the raccoon was the mascot at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. He replaced Rocky, a real raccoon, who died before the games began.

1980 Summer Games in Moscow, USSR

"Misha" was the mascot for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, USSR. The bear was the national symbol of the Soviet Union.

“Misha” was the mascot for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, USSR. The bear was the national symbol of the Soviet Union.

1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

"Vučko" the wolf was chosen by readers of major Yugoslav newspapers to be the mascot for the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

“Vučko” the wolf was chosen by readers of major Yugoslav newspapers to be the mascot for the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California

"Sam" the eagle was the mascot at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. He was designed by a Disney artist.

“Sam” the eagle was the mascot at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. He was designed by a Disney artist.

1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada

"Hidy" and "Howdy" were the mascots at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. The bear siblings were the first dual mascots.

“Hidy” and “Howdy” were the mascots at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. The bear siblings were the first dual mascots.

1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea

"Hodori" the tiger was the mascot at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul also had a female mascot named "Hosuni."

“Hodori” the tiger was the mascot at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul also had a female mascot named “Hosuni.”

1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France

"Magique" the snow imp replaced a mountain goat to become the mascot for the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.

“Magique” the snow imp replaced a mountain goat to become the mascot for the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.

1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain

"Cobi" the surreal sheepdog was the mascot at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. His design was influenced by the works of Picasso.

“Cobi” the surreal sheepdog was the mascot at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. His design was influenced by the works of Picasso.

1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway

"Håkon" and "Kristin" are two children from Norwegian folklore dressed in Viking clothes. They were the mascots for the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

“Håkon” and “Kristin” are two children from Norwegian folklore dressed in Viking clothes. They were the mascots for the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia

"Izzy" was the mascot for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Ga. Its name was short for "Whatizit?" because no one seemed to know what it was.

“Izzy” was the mascot for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Ga. Its name was short for “Whatizit?” because no one seemed to know what it was.

1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan

"Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki" the snow owls were the mascots of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. They replaced Nagano's original mascot which was a weasel.

“Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki” the snow owls were the mascots of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. They replaced Nagano’s original mascot which was a weasel.

2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia

"Ollie, Syd and Millie" were the mascots for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Ollie is a kookaburra, Syd is a platypus and Millie is an echidna.

“Ollie, Syd and Millie” were the mascots for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Ollie is a kookaburra, Syd is a platypus and Millie is an echidna.

2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah

"Powder, Coal and Copper" were the mascots for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. The three animals are major characters in Native American legends and each wore a petroglyph charm around its neck.

“Powder, Coal and Copper” were the mascots for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. The three animals are major characters in Native American legends and each wore a petroglyph charm around its neck.

2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece

"Phevos and Athena" were the mascots for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. They were inspired by ancient Greek dolls and named after Greek gods.

“Phevos and Athena” were the mascots for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. They were inspired by ancient Greek dolls and named after Greek gods.

2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy

"Neve" the snowball and "Gliz" the ice cube were the mascots for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. They were chosen from more than 200 proposals.

“Neve” the snowball and “Gliz” the ice cube were the mascots for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. They were chosen from more than 200 proposals.

2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China

The five "Fuwa" children were the mascots for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. Together, their five names form a Chinese phrase which means "Beijing welcomes you."

The five “Fuwa” children were the mascots for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. Together, their five names form a Chinese phrase which means “Beijing welcomes you.”

2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada

"Quatchi" the sasquatch and "Miga" the sea bear were the mascots for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. "Sumi" the thunderbird was the  mascot for the Paralympic Games. "Mukmuk" the marmot was their sidekick.

“Quatchi” the sasquatch and “Miga” the sea bear were the mascots for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. “Sumi” the thunderbird was the mascot for the Paralympic Games. “Mukmuk” the marmot was their sidekick.

2012 Summer Games in London, England

"Wenlock" was the mascot for the 2012 Summer Games in London, England. He represented drops of steel and was named after an English town which hosted the first unofficial modern Olympic Games in 1850.

“Wenlock” was the mascot for the 2012 Summer Games in London, England. He represented drops of steel and was named after an English town which hosted the first unofficial modern Olympic Games in 1850.

2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia

The Leopard, the Hare and the Polar Bear were the mascots for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They were selected by the Russian people during a live national TV broadcast by text message voting.

The Leopard, the Hare and the Polar Bear were the mascots for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They were selected by the Russian people during a live national TV broadcast by text message voting.

2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Vinicius, a mixture of all Brazilian animals, is the mascot for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is named for a bossa nova composer. Tom, a magical fusion of all the plants in the Brazilian forests, is the Paralympic Games mascot.

Vinicius, a mixture of all Brazilian animals, is the mascot for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is named for a bossa nova composer. Tom, a magical fusion of all the plants in the Brazilian forests, is the Paralympic Games mascot.

18 Comments on Olympic Mascots Through the Years

  1. learntobesmart // July 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm // Reply

    I love the Sochi Russia ones. They’re totally the best. The ones for Rio are weird

  2. Huh I never new that soviet russia was part of the olimpic games, go figure

  3. Does anybody out there know what issue of boys life magazine all these Olympic mascots are from? If you do, can you please ×10 let me know back a.s.a.p.?!. Thank you!.🙂

  4. 2012 All the way! Go London

  5. I love the 1976 beaver.

  6. I think the mascots get better each year.

  7. Seoul is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I like the 2010 and 2014 the best. The 2012 is just creepy.

  9. 2012 is the best!

  10. Vancouver is the best!!!!!!!

  11. 2012 mascot looks like something in your nightmare

    • telescopeguy // February 20, 2014 at 8:16 am // Reply

      You’re right. Why does it look like that? What was London thinking? Maybe they got tired of small children whining( about the Olympics being boring, wich they aren’t) during the program.

  12. 2014’s leopard is by far the best!

  13. Redpuffleguy // January 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm // Reply

    I like 1976. It’s so weird.

  14. I like the 1970 Sarajevo one, he’s cool. Also, they didn’t give the names of the 2014 mascots in the Boys Life magazine. Lastly, the names of the Beijing mascots, when rearranged in the right order, spell out “Welcome to Beijing” in Chinese.

  15. Pee Wee Harris // January 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm // Reply

    Waldi is the coolest!

  16. I love 2012 and 1980
    So funny

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