10 Best Olympic Mascots
Mascots have their role in every Olympic game to represents the motto and The goal of the games. The Olympic fans had already seen many mascots of various Olympic Games and Paralympic games with their different shapes and colors. The concept of including a mascot in Olympic games was started with 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble where the unofficial mascot Schuss which was a Stylized skier designed by Mme. Lafargue had huge popularity before and throughout the Olympic games.
The first official mascots of Olympic Games were El Jaguar Rojo de Chichen-Itza and Paloma de la Paz for the 1968 Summer Olympics at Mexico City. The first official mascots were actually a red jaguar and dove designed by Eduardo Terrazas and Lance Wyman which represented the motto “Los juegos de la Paz” i.e. “Games of the Peace”. The mascot and its significance always carried a true importance to every Olympic Games starting from 1968, and here is the list of 10 Best Olympic Mascots.
10 Best Olympic Mascots
10. Sam the Olympic Eagle
The official mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Los Angeles, United States was Sam the Olympic Eagle. Sab is actually a bald eagle which is the national bird of United States of America. The name of the mascot Sam denotes the kinship with another American symbol Uncle Sam. Sam was designed by legendary Disney animation artist Bob Moore. The mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics shares the name of Sam the Eagle from a character of The Muppet Show, but the designs are different in term. After the end of 1984 Summer Olympics, Sam the eagle also used to promote the Mt. SAC Relays a track and field event at Mt. San Antonio College.
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The official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain was Cobi. Cobi was inspired by Las Meninas interpretations of Picasso of a masterpiece from Velázquez, Las Meninas. Cobi was actually a Catalan Sheepdog in Cubist style and was designed by Javier Mariscal. The name of the mascot Cobi was derived from the Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee or COOB. The mascot officially unveiled in public in 1987. Cobi made his cameo appearance in a variety of advertisements for Olympic sponsors like Brother Industries, Coca-Cola and Danone before and during the 1992 summer Olympics. Cobi also had its own TV-series called The Cobi Troupe.
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The official mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Atlanta, United states was Izzy. Izzy was the animated character with the ability to morph into different forms and first named as Whatizit which stands for “What is it?” Interestingly, the mascot did not represent any nationally-significant animal or human figure. Izzy was designed by senior animation director of Atlanta-based design firm DESIGNefx John Ryan. The final design was chosen from a competition of twenty design firms racing to build mascot for summer Olympics. A theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia called Busch Gardens Williamsburg also named a new Wild Mouse roller coaster after the mascot.
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7. Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki
The official mascots of the 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Nagano, Japan were Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki also known as the Snowlets. Four mascots denote the gap of four years between each Olympiad. The four Snowlets represent the four major islands of Japan, and individually, Sukki represents the element fire, Nokki represents the element air, Lekki represents the element earth and Tsukki represents the element water. The name “Snowlets” comes from two words, snow which represents the winter Olympics and lets which invites the participants to join the game. The mascots were designed by Landor Associates, and the names of four Snowlets were chosen from among 47,484 suggestions.