Miga Quatchi Sumi

Sports

A look at all the Olympic mascots throughout the years

Meet the madcap mascots of the Olympic games, from 1968 until today.

25 PHOTOS
Schuss - 1968 Winter Olympics, Grenoble

Schuss - 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France

Unofficially, the first Olympic mascot was born at the Grenoble Olympic games in 1968: Schuss, a little man on skis. 

olympic.org
  • Share
Waldi - 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich

Waldi - 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany

The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi, a dachshund who appeared in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The dog represented the attributes required for athletes: resistance, tenacity and agility, according to Olympic.org

olympic.org
  • Share
Schneemann - 1976 Winter Olympics, Innsbruck

Schneemann - 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria

The first official mascot of a Winter Olympics was Schneemann, a snowman. He wore a red Tyrolean hat typically worn in Austria.

AP
  • Share
Amik - 1976 Summer Olympics, Montreal

Amik - 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada

A national competition was held in Canada to find a name for this Olympic mascot. Amik, meaning beaver in Algonquin, the language of the North American Indians in Canada, according to Olympic.org. A beaver was chosen because it is the national symbol of Canada.

olympic.org
  • Share
Roni - 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid

Roni - 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

The name Roni was chosen because it means raccoon in Iroquoian, the language of the native people of Lake Placid, New York. 

olympic.org
  • Share
Misha - 1980 Summer Olympics, Moscow

Misha - 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia

Misha, a bear whose full name is Mikhail Potapych Toptygin, is a popular character in Russian fairy tales and stories, according to Olympic.org.

Getty Images
  • Share
Vucko - 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo

Vucko - 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The 1984 Winter Olympics mascot was a wolf, an animal that is typically found in the forests of the Dinaric Alps region, according to Olympic.org. He symbolized the desire of humans to befriend animals.

olympic.org
  • Share
Sam - 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles

Sam - 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California

Sam is a bald eagle, the national bird of the U.S., and a patriotic symbol. 

Getty Images
  • Share
Hidy and Howdy - 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary

Hidy and Howdy - 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada

For the first time, the 1988 Winter Olympics had two mascots, twin polar bears Hidy and Howdy, who wore cowboy outfits. Their names were chosen after a contest was held by the Calgary Zoo.

Getty Images
  • Share
Hodori - 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul

Hodori - 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea

The cheerful Hodori wore the Olympic rings around his neck. Tigers are common in Korean legends.

olympic.org
  • Share

Magique - 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France

A star and a cube, Magique was the first mascot since the Innsbruck 1976 games that was not an animal. His star shape signified dreams and imagination. 

  • Share
Cobi - 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona

Cobi - 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain

Cobi is a Cubist-style Pyrenean mountain dog. His name was chosen because it was easy to pronounce in any language.

AP
  • Share
Hakon and Kristin - 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer

Hakon and Kristin - 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway

This was the first time the mascots were, well, real people. The names Hakon and Kristin refer to historical figures from the 13th century in Norway. 

Getty Images
  • Share
Izzy - 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta

Izzy - 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia

No one was really sure what Izzy was, and he was originally called, "Whatizit." Izzy was basically a blue blob with sneakers.

AFP-Getty Images
  • Share
The Snowlets - 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano

The Snowlets - 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan

The Snowlets, the official owl mascots of the Nagano Olympics, were meant to symbolize peace, harmony and goodwill.

AP
  • Share
The mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games make a grand entry at their first public appearance in Sydney 28 May. The mascots are based on native Australian animals - they are Millie, the Echidna (L) - Syd, the Platypus (C) and Olly, the Kookaburra (R)

Syd, Olly and Millie - 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia

Syd was a duck-billed platypus, Olly was a kookaburra and Millie was a spiny anteater. They symbolized water, air and earth. Syd was a reference to Sydney, Olly to the Olympics and Millie to the new millennium. It was 2000, after all! 

Williiam West / AFP - Getty Images
  • Share
15 Jan 2002:  Mascot Copper, Powder and Coal of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games photographed in Ogden, Utah.

Powder, Copper and Coal - 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah

The names Powder, Copper and Coal were inspired by Utah's natural resources: mainly, its snow and land.

Matthew Stockman / Getty Images
  • Share
The Offical Mascots of the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games Athena (L) and Phevos (R) walk through the lobby of the Main Press Center (MPC) prior to the start of games August 10, 2004 in Athens, Greece. The games kickoff with the Opening Ceremonies on August 13.

Athena and Phevos - 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece

Athena and Phevos were the mascots of the 2004 Summer Olympics, held in Athens, Greece. "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," according to Olympic.org.

Scott Halleran / Getty Images
  • Share
President of the National German Olympic Commitee and Chef de Mission Klaus Steinbach poses with the mascots of the Olympics Neve (L), a snowball, and Gliz, an ice cube, after the raising of the flag ceremony at the Olympic Village prior to the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 7, 2006 in Turin, Italy. The opening ceremony will take place on February 10, 2006 at the Olympic Stadium.

Neve and Gliz - 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy

These mascots were certainly on theme for the winter games: Neve was a snowball and Gliz was an ice cube. 

Vladimir Rys / Getty Images
  • Share
Olympic mascots are seen in the pool at the National Aquatics Center during day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.

The Fuwa - 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

These mascots are known as the Fuwa, which means good luck in Chinese. Linking all five of their names: Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini, forms the sentence, “Welcome to Beijing.” 

Jamie Squire / Getty Images
  • Share

Miga, Quatchi, Sumi - 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada

Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi were the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Miga is a mythical sea bear, Quatichi is a sasquatch and Sumi is a animal guardian spirit.

AP
  • Share
Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville pose at Heathrow Airport as athletes arrive in London on July 23, 2012, four days ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Wenlock and Mandeville - 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England

Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London, were meant to resemble the Olympic stadium itself. They each have one large eye, and the yellow lights on their heads symbolize London's taxi cabs. 

Will Oliver / AFP - Getty Images
  • Share
Olympic mascots the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard wave during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Bely Mishka, Snow Leopard, Zaika - 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

The Sochi Olympics had three mascots: a hare, a polar bear and a leopard. They represented the three spaces on the Olympic podium.

Paul Gilham / Getty Images
  • Share
The new mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (L) and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, are presented at the Ginasio Experimental Olimpico Juan Antonio Samaranch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 24, 2014. The Rio Olympic Games have their mascot, a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's rich fauna and wildlife, while the Paralympic Games mascot is a predominantly blue and green figure whose head of covered with leaves -- depicting once again the host country's rich vegetation as Brazil prepares to welcome the Olympics to South America for the first time. It remains only for the public to decide on a name, choosing from a range of options.

Vinicius and Tom- 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio's Olympics mascot was a yellow cat-like creature named Vinnicus, and the mascot for the Paralympic games was Tom, a blue-and-green figure whose head is covered with leaves. They represented Brazil's rich fauna and wildlife, and their names were chosen to honor musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim.

AFP - Getty Images
  • Share
Mascots for South Korea's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a white tiger named "Soohorang" (L) and an Asiatic black bear named "Bandabi" (R), stand on a stage during the mascots' first public staging event at Hoenggye elementary school in Pyeongchang, about 150 kms east of Seoul, on July  18, 2016.

Soohorang and Bandabi - 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Soohorang, a white tiger, is the official mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Bandabi, a black bear, is the official mascot of the 2018 Winter Paralympics. 

AFP - Getty Images
  • Share
1/25