A look at the Summer Olympic mascots throughout the year

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    After a year of running seasons and canceled tournaments, the much awaited 2021 Summer Olympics has now moved towards its scheduled date.

    In the months leading up to the grandest sporting spectacle, the world collides with every distant part of the world.

    While most have already sealed their places for the Tokyo Olympics, the rest will look to punch their passes with some top-quality performances at the Games. In every aspect, expression and celebration, the Summer Olympics will be a truly global event for this year.

    Teams, events and stadiums will be the main attraction, but a large part of the fun and excitement will be watching the games mascots. They cannot land in ground racing against Usain Bolt, throwing a javelin as Jan Zale, or swimming against the clock like Michael Phelps, but, like every year, they will make a big part of the playground.

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    Olympic mascots development

    Ever since the first official Olympic mascot was produced, it has become a popular element of the Games.

    Over time, they have received great media publicity and widespread use due to the scope and international performance of the Olympics. Mascots are funky characters, often native to the host country, and very rarely, human figures.

    The mascot reflects the culture of the place where the Olympics are being held. The Olympic mascot debuted at the 1968 Winter Olympics as he welcomed visitors to a ceremony to excite fans.

    He is also responsible for making the Games a memory trip as a memory lane, which will last about four years after the Games have long ended.

    World’s first official Olympic mascot

    Appearing in many shapes and sizes, the mascot expresses the theme of the Olympic Games, and showcases the specific geographical features, history and culture of the host city. With this in mind, Germany launched the first official Olympic mascot during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    The mascot was Valdi Dachshund, representing the inevitable qualities matching an athlete’s resistance, tenacity, and agility. An instant success in pre-games promotion, Valdi was used extensively.

    # 5 Miritova – Tokyo 2021 Olympics

    Miraitowa is the official mascot for this year

    Miritova is extremely athletic, digitally designed and replaces the country’s obsession with animation.

    # 4 Vinicius – 2016 Rio Olympics

    Vinicius was the official mascot for Rio Olympics in 2016.

    # 3 Wenlock – 2012 London Olympics

    Wenlock, the official mascot for London Olympics in 2012.

    The big eye is a camera lens, through which it films everything it believes.

    If one looks closely at the wrist, one wears a five-handed bracelet that is the same color as the Olympic ring. We can also see three podium places for all medalists in each category placed on our heads.

    # 2 Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini – 2008 Beijing Olympics

    Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini were the official mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Their five names together, “Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni”, is roughly “Welcome to Beijing”.

    It is believed that they were five in number as it is considered a lucky number that largely matches Olympic rings and Chinese elements such as fire, water, wood, gold and earth.

    Each was given significant athletic representation: Beibai for aquatic sports, Jingjing for strength sports, Huanhuan for ball games, Yingying for track and field and Nini for gymnastics.

    # 1 Athena and Favos – 2004 Athens Olympics

    Athena and Phevos at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    Favos was the official mascot for the 2004 Athens Olympics. The mascot derives its design from an age doll found at archeological sites in Greece.

    It was designed to look clumsy with a triangular body and long neck. Favos, with its Paralympic mascot, Athena, symbolizes the joy of the sport and the spirit of the Olympics.

    Favos is known as the god of light, medicine, law, philosophy and music, while Athena is known as the goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, and heroic endeavor.

    Published 17 February 2021 03:45 CET

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