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					Mascots and the Olympics
The first Olympic mascot was introduced in 1972 at the Munich games.
These mascots have become a very important element of the Olympics. It is
an image that is unique and very popular because it materializes the
spirit of the Olympics, promotes the history, and communicates the
overall concept. This makes the Olympic mascot a must when it comes to
the games. It is a must for children, for the general public, to display
the uniqueness of each geographical area, and to relay the culture of the
host city.
Waldi, the dachshund was the very first mascot in 1972. This is because
the dachshund is a great representation of tenacity, resilience, and
agility, which are the key elements an athlete possesses. This explains
why he was a great choice as the first Olympic mascot. He was dressed in
multiple pastel colors to express the joy and the gaiety of the Olympics.
The introduction of the Olympic mascot was perhaps the most memorable
mascot moment.
Other memorable mascots
Hidy and Howdy were the mascots for the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, but
some never quite understood the concept of brother and sister bears that
were inseparable. In some cases, individuals claimed that this was a bit
creepy with a bit of cuteness thrown in there. The two were dressed in
cowboy and cowgirl clothes, which has a lot to do with the fact that
Calgary's nickname is 'Cowtown.' However, Hidy and Howdy were, in fact,
polar bears.
Another interesting fact about mascots is the death of Rocky, who was to
be the mascot for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games. There was a mystery
surrounding this mascot because Rocky mysteriously "passed away" before
the Olympics ever began. Rocky was then replaced by Roni, a cartoon
raccoon.
However, one of the most elegantly crafted mascots was that created by
Walt Disney. Sam the Eagle is probably one of the most famous mascots
that the Olympics have ever seen. He was created for the 1984 Summer
Olympics in Los Angeles. He wore the legendary clothes of Uncle Sam. He
also held his version of the torch held by the statue of liberty. It was
at this point that commercial use of the mascots was permitted.
Beforehand, it had not, but Walt Disney's design of Sam the Eagle marked
a new precedent when it came to Olympic mascots.
2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
The Beijing Summer Olympics consists of five dolls. Their names are
Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhaun, Yingying, and Nini. Each symbolizes something
different. An example is that Nini is a symbol of infinite sky. It is a
representation of the green Olympic ring. The rest are as follows:
- Beibei - A reflection of the strength in water sports. It is a
representation of the blue Olympic ring.
- Jingjing - Shows the strength in athletics. It is a representation of
the black Olympic ring.
- Huanhuan - Reflects the excellence in ball games. It is a
representation of the red Olympic ring.
- Yingying - Relfects the strength in track and field events. It is a
representation of the yellow Olympic ring.
These mascots were designed by Han Meilin. He said it was impossible for
a single figure to reflect the magnitude of these Olympic games. That is
because China has a very intense and diverse culture that cannot be
summed up in just one mascot. This makes the 2008 Summer Olympics the
first in which 5 mascots were used. The most before that point was 3 used
in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Those mascots were Olly, Syd, and
Millie and were said to have been upstaged by a series of unofficial
mascots that were created that year. However you look at it, mascots have
certainly created many memories for the Olympics.
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