In every Olympic event, all participating countries compete in various sports to determine who’s the best in the world as athletes represent their countries with pride and honor.

But it’s not just all about the athletes and the sports competition, an Olympic event is not complete without the Olympic mascots.

Olympic and Paralympic Mascots

Olympic and Paralympic mascots are important part of the sports event as it represents the cultural heritage of the place where the Olympic Games are taking place, usually an animal native to the area or occasionally human figures.

The Olympic mascots started since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France while the first major mascot in the Olympic Games was Misha in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Nowadays, most of the merchandise aimed at young people focuses on the mascots, rather than the Olympic flag or organization logos.

Here’s the list of Olympic Games mascots:

Olympic Event – City – Mascot Name – Character Description

1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble – Schuss – Stylized skier

1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City

  • El Jaguar Rojo de Chichen-Itza – Red jaguar
  • Paloma de la Paz – Dove

1972 Summer Olympics – Munich – Waldi – Dachshund dog
1976 Winter Olympics – Innsbruck – Schneemann – Snowman
1976 Summer Olympics – Montréal – Amik – Beaver
1980 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid – Roni – Raccoon
1980 Summer Paralympics – Arnhem – (Unnamed) – A pair of squirrels
1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow – Misha – Bear cub

1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo – Vucko – Little wolf
1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles – Sam – Bald eagle
1988 Winter Olympics – Calgary – Hidy and Howdy – Two polar bears
1988 Summer Olympics – Seoul – Hodori and Hosuni – Two tiger cubs
1988 Summer Paralympics – Seoul – the “Komduri” – Two Asian black bears.
1992 Winter Olympics – Albertville – Magique – Man-star/snow imp
1992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona – Cobi – A cubist Catalan Sheepdog
1992 Summer Paralympics – Barcelona – Petra – A stylized girl without arms

1994 Winter Olympics – Lillehammer – Håkon and Kristin – Two Norwegian children
1994 Winter Paralympics – Lillehammer – Sondre – Troll, an amputee
1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta – Izzy – An abstract figure
1996 Summer Paralympics – Atlanta – Blaze – A colorful phoenix
1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano – The Snowlets – Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki – Owls
1998 Winter Paralympics – Nagano – Parabbit – A white rabbit (with 1 red and 1 green ear)

2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney

  • Olly (from Olympic) – Kookaburra
  • Syd (from Sydney) – Platypus
  • Millie (from Millennium) – Echidna

2000 Summer Paralympics – Sydney – Lizzie – Frill-necked lizard

2002 Winter Olympics – Salt Lake City

  • Copper – Coyote
  • Powder – Snowshoe hare
  • Coal – Bear

2002 Winter Paralympics – Salt Lake City – Otto – Otter
2004 Summer Olympics – Athens – Athena and Phevos – Brother and sister
2004 Summer Paralympics – Athens – Proteas – Colorfully-striped seahorse
2006 Winter Olympics – Turin – Neve and Gliz
2006 Winter Paralympics – Turin – Aster – A humanized snowflake
2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing – The Fuwa: Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, Nini – Fish, giant panda, Olympic Flame, Tibetan antelope, swallow.
2008 Summer Paralympics – Beijing – Fu Niu LeLe – Multi-colored cow

2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver

  • Miga – Mythical sea bear
  • Quatchi – A sasquatch
  • Mukmuk – A Vancouver Island Marmot

2010 Winter Paralympics – Vancouver – Sumi – A mythical creature
2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Singapore – Lyo and Merly – A lion cub and a merlion cub

2012 Olympic mascots

2012 Summer Olympics – London – Wenlock – Drop of steel with cameras for eyes
2012 Summer Paralympics – London – Mandeville – Drop of steel with cameras for eyes


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  1. Ricky says:

    The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City had a second mascot: La Paloma de La Paz – White Dove

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