Image: Handout shows the unnamed mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games during their first appearance in Rio de Janeiro

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Olympic mascots

One of the many traditions of the modern Olympics is that each Games have its own mascot. Meet the madcap mascots of the Games.

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Image: Handout shows the unnamed mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games during their first appearance in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic mascots

The unnamed mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are pictured with the Copacabana beach in the background during their first appearance in Rio de Janeiro, November 23, 2014, in this handout courtesy of the Brazil Olympic Committee (COB) These mascots of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are inspired by the Brazilian fauna and flora, and their names will be decided through a public vote, according to the COB. REUTERS/Alex Ferro/COB/Handout via Reuters (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Japan Team Welcome Ceremony

Sochi, 2014: The Polar Bear, The Hare, and The Leopard

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: The Olympic mascots are seen during a welcome ceremony for the Japanese delegation prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Coastal Olympic Village on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Image: Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville p

London, 2012: Wenlock and Mandeville

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. AFP PHOTO / WILL OLIVERWILL OLIVER/AFP/GettyImages
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Miga Quatchi Sumi

Vancouver, 2010: Miga, Quatchi and Sumi

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Olympics Day 3 - Diving

Beijing, 2008: The Fuwa

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: 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. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Turin Olympic Games - Preview - 3 Days To Opening Ceremony

Turin, 2006: Neve and Gliz

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. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Athens Prepares For The Summer Olympic Games

Athens, 2004: Athena and Phevos

ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 10: 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. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Athena;Phevos
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Olympics Mascots X

2002, Salt Lake City: Copper, Powder and Coal

15 Jan 2002: Mascot Copper, Powder and Coal of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games photographed in Ogden, Utah.
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The mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games make

2000, Sydney: Millie, Syd and Olly

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: 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). AFP PHOTO. (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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Snowlets

1998, Nagano: The Snowlets

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 1998, file phot, snowlets walk around the stadium prior to the opening ceremony of the XVIII Winter Olympics at Minami Nagano Sports Park in Nagano, Japan. So few Snowlets were made nobody could find any for souvenirs. By the second week of the games, the mere whisper of "Snowlets" was enough to start a frenzy on the street. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
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Izzy, the Mascot of the Centennial Olympics, walks

1996, Atlanta: Izzy

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 13: Izzy, the Mascot of the Centennial Olympics, walks by spectators during the opening ceremony of the Centennial Olympic park 13 July in Atlanta. The 26th Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to open 19 July in Atlanta.
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OLYMPIC MASCOTS

1994, Lillehammer: Kristin and Hakon

16 FEB 1994: THE OLYMPIC MASCOTS, KRISTEN AND HAAKON, SKATE AROUND AT THE SPEEDSKATING TRACK DURING THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell/ALLSPORT
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Cobi, official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, comes up to the surface in Barcelona's Port Sunday October 9, 1992 during the celebration of the arrival of the Olympic Flag, .  (AP Photo/Amicar de Leon)

1992, Barcelona: Cobi

Cobi, official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, comes up to the surface in Barcelona's Port Sunday October 9, 1992 during the celebration of the arrival of the Olympic Flag, . (AP Photo/Amicar de Leon)
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1988, Seoul: Hodori

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Hidy and Howdy

1988, Calgary: Hidy and Howdy

1987: Portrait of 1988 Winter Olympic Games mascots "Hidy" and "Howdy" during the World Cup in Calgary, Canada.
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SAM THE EAGLE OPENING CEREMONY

1984, Los Angeles: Sam

28 JUL 1984: SAM THE EAGLE MASCOT OF THE 1984 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS WALKS AROUND THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY.
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Moscow Mascot

1980, Moscow: Misha

Misha the bear, designed by Victor Chizhikov and selected as the mascot for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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These Disney-style Tyrolean characters appeared for the first time at Kitzbuhel, Austria during the world downhill ski events, January 1975. They represent the official Mascot for the Winter Olympic Games, to be held around Innsbruck, Austria, 1976.

1976, Innsbruck: Schneemann

These Disney-style Tyrolean characters appeared for the first time at Kitzbuhel, Austria during the world downhill ski events, January 1975. They represent the official Mascot for the Winter Olympic Games, to be held around Innsbruck, Austria, 1976.
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1976, Montreal: Amik

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1972, Munich: Waldi

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