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Mascots of the Winter Games

Schuss (Grenoble, France 1968) - An unofficial mascot, Schuss was the skiing forerunner of all future Olympic mascots.
Tyrolean snowman (Innsbruck, Austria 1976) - I'm the Tyrolean snowman, mascot of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games. As you can see I'm very round and white, and like every good snowman, I have a carrot nose. My hat comes from the Tyrol, the area of the Austrian mountains where I live.
Roni (Lake Placid, USA 1980) - Roni is short for the Iroquois Indian name for raccoon. My name reflects the heritage of the Iroquois who are the native people of New York State and Lake Placid.
Vucko (Sarajevo,Yugoslavia 1984) - I'm Vucko the wolf an I traveled all over the world, even climbing mountains and riding camels in the desert to spread the Olympic message to kids everywhere.
Hidy and Howdy (Calgary, Canada 1988) - We're Hidy and Howdy, mascots of the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. You usually don't see polar bears dressed in cowboy outfits, but we represent both Calgary's Western welcome to the world and Canada's special love of winter sports.
Magique (Albertville, France 1992) - Bonjour, Mon ami! That's "hello, my friend" in French. My name is Magique, the mascot of the 1992 Albertville Winter Games. My job was to help children everywhere feel the Olympic spirit.
Kristin and Hakon (Lillehammer, Norway 1994) - Hei! We're Kristin and Hakon, mascots of the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games. We represent the children of Norway. We were named after two very important figures in Norwegian history, the famous King Hakon and his aunt, Kristin.
Snowlets (Nagano, Japan 1998) - Four baby owls were the mascots of the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. Named Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki, the Snowlets represented the fire, wind, earth and water that make up life in the forest. Owlets who love the snow, the first two letters of each name spell Snowlets.
Powder, Copper and Coal (Salt Lake City, 2002) - Powder a hare, Copper a coyote and Coal a bear were based on a Native American legend that tells of the hare travelling swifter, the coyote climbing higher and the bear being stronger than the other animals. The mascots represented the motto of the Olympic Games, "citius, altius, fortius", "swifter, higher, stronger."
Neve, a snowball, and Gliz, and ice cube, represented the Turin Olympic Winter Games. The mascots were created to reflect Italian passion, culture, elegance, enthusiasm and love of sport and the environment.

Mascots of the Summer Games

Waldi (Munich, Germany 1972) - Guten tag! That means "good day" in German. I'm Waldi the Dachshund, mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. I know I don't look like most dachshunds, but my colors are special. They were the official colors of the Munich Games!"

Amik (Montreal, Canada 1976) - My name is Amik, which means beaver in the Algonquin Indian language. I was chosen as the mascot for the 1976 Montreal Games because I represent the friendliness, patience and hard work that helped build Canada. My red sash is the same as the ribbons that were attached to the Olympic medals.

Misha (Moscow, USSR 1980) - Hi! I'm Misha the Bear Cub. I was the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. The people of Moscow chose me because there are alot of nice bears like me in Russia. The best part of my job as mascot was that I got to travel all over the world to spread the word about the Olympic Games. In fact, I even got to travel in space with two cosmonauts.

Sam the Eagle (Los Angeles, USA 1984) - Hey there! I'm Sam the Eagle, mascot of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. From my red, white and blue colors, you can see that I'm really proud that the Olympic Games came to the United States. The folks over at the Walt Disney Company designed me. You might have heard of them.
Hodori the Tiger Cub (Seoul, Korea 1988) - Grrrr! I'm Hodori mascot of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. My name means "little tiger." Tigers like me are popular in Korea. We make people laugh. My hat is called a "sangmo" which is a traditional farmer's hat. My hat's streamer is shaped like an "S" to stand for Seoul.

Cobi (Barcelona, Spain 1992) - I'm Cobi the mountain sheep dog mascot of the 1992 Barcelona Games. I had lots of fun traveling around the world as Barcelona's ambassador, and I made lots of friends for life. I was really lucky, too! I had my own television series.

Izzy (Atlanta, USA 1996) - What is it? Yep, that's what I am! I'm Izzy the Whatizit. I was named by a group of kids from Atlanta. I live in a fantasy world inside the Olympic flame. My biggest dream came true in 1996 when I got to be the mascot for the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Olly, Syd and Millie (Sydney, Australia 2000) - G'day mate! We're Olly, Syd and Millie the mascots for the Olympic Games which will be held in Sydney, Australia in the year 2000. We're all native Australian animals. I'm Syd, a platypus, chosen to represent the world's athletes and our environment. Millie is an echidna, and her job is to keep everyone up to date on the Games. Olly's a kookaburra who represents the spirit of friendship that's part of any Olympic Games.
Phevos and Athena are brother and sister, named after two Greek gods. Phevos, the god of light and music, and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens.
The design of the mascots is based on dolls, thousands of years old, found at archeological sites in Greece.

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