Most Famous Olympic Mascots


mascot was first used at the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972. Then the dachshund Valdi was chosen as this symbol. As the developers of the mascot explained, the dachshund has such qualities as persistence, tenacity, agility. And it is absolutely necessary for an athlete who wants to succeed. In addition, Munich is the capital of the federal state of Bavaria, where dachshunds are unusually popular as pets.

At the following 1976 Summer Olympics in the Canadian city of Montreal, the mascot was the beaver Amick. The choice of this animal is deeply symbolic, because at the expense of the sale of beaver skins actually existed Canada in the first period of its history. In addition, the beaver has qualities such as patience, hard work, without which the athlete has nothing to dream of high results. And the word “Amick” is translated from some Indian languages just means “beaver”.

Citizens of Russia most familiar and close to the mascot of the Moscow Olympics, held in 1980 – bear cub Misha. It was created by the artist-illustrator Viktor Chizhikov. Although the bear in nature is a dangerous predator, the bear cub Misha evoked very different feelings. He looked nice, good-natured, cheerful respect. And the final chord of the closing ceremony of the Olympics, when a doll depicting a bear cub was launched into the sky using balloons, without exaggeration shook huge numbers of spectators. They were admired and rastrogantic.

Another predatory mammal, the tiger, became the mascot of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. However, game organizers made him a little tiger Hodori (translated from Korean “Hodori” – “Tiger Boy”) – fun, good-natured and funny. To enhance this impression, they “presented” the tiger with a black peasant beanie, which was traditionally worn in Korean villages.

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