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CEIP Saco e Arce - 2012

Olympic Mascots have become an important element of the Olympic image. They represent the Olympic spirit , promote the history and culture of the host city and create a festive atmosphere for the games. Mascots act as a vehicle for expressing the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children.


was the first official mascot. It was designed by Otl Aicher for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. It was a dachshund, a popular breed of dog from Germany. His head and tail were blue and his body was stripes of some Olympic colours.

Munich 1972

Montreal 1976 • This is Amik, the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics. • It’s a beaver, an animal native from Canada. • It represents patience and hard work

Moscow 1980 Misha was the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. It was designed by Victor Chizhikov, a children’s books illustrator. He’s wearing a blue-blackyellow-green-red belt (colours of the Olympic rings), with a golden buckle shaped like the five rings.

Los Angeles 1984 This is Sam, the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics . He’s a bald eagle, the national bird of the United States. He was designed by Bob Moore, an artist for Disney. His hat has the national colours of the United States: red, white and blue.

Seoul 1988 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea. The mascot was Hodory, a tiger cub designed by Kim Hyun. He was wearing a medal around his neck with the Olympic rings and a sangmo (a traditional Korean dance) hat on his head .

Barcelona 1992 CoBi was the official mascot of 1992 Olympic Games He’s a catalan sheepdog in cubist style, designed by Javier Mariscal.

Atlanta 1996 This is Izzy, the mascot of the Atlanta 1996 summer Olympics. The name comes from Whatizit? because no one really knew what Izzy was. It was the first mascot designed on a computer and he had the ability of change in appearance to represent different athletes and sports.

Sydney 2000 Millenium games Olly the kookaburra, Syd the platypus and Millie the echidna represented earth, air and water at the Sydney 2000 Games. They are three native animals from Australia. They were designed by Matthew Hatten and Jozef Szekeres .

Athens 2004 Brother and sister Athena and Phevos were the mascots for the Athens 2004 Olympics . They were named after 2 Greek gods: Phevos, the god of light and music, and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens. They had wide feet, long necks and small heads,. One was dressed in orange and the other in deep blue

Beijing 2008

The 2008 Beijing Summer Games Mascots, were called the Fuwa, that means "Good luck dolls.“ They were designed by Han Meilin They represented the playful qualities of children' and their

names, when put together (Bei ,Jing, Huan, Ying ,Ni), sound like a phrase that means “Beijing welcomes you” in Chinese. They carry the message of peace, friendship and good wishes for harmony between man and nature.

London 2012 The mascots for the London Olympics 2012 are named Wenlock and Mandeville. They were created from the last drops of steel from the Olympic Stadium. Wenlock wears five bracelets in the five Olympic Rings colours. The three points on his head symbolize the three podiums of the winners (for first, second, and third place), the shape of his head is the same shape as the Olympic stadium. Mandeville wears a pink watch.

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