Wenlock and Mandeville are the official mascots for the London games this year. The mascots were created and designed by iris, a London based creative agency. The duo are fashioned after two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton. They are named after the town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Olympic Games and Stoke Madeville Hospital, a facility in Buckinghamshire that initially organised a precursor of the Paralympic Games.
Misha or Mishka is the name of a Russian bear, the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. He was designed by children's books illustrator Victor Chizhikov. Misha is the first mascot of a sporting event to achieve large-scale commercial success through merchandising.
A red jaguar and a dove were the mascots of 1968 Summer Olympics at the Mexico City. El Jaguar Rojo de Chichen-Itza is based on a throne in the shape of a red jaguar. 'El Castillo' pyramid at Chichen Itza is a step- pyramid that dominates the centre of the famous archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatan. Paloma de la Paz on the other hand is a stylized white dove representing the slogan of the games, 'Los juegos de la Paz' ("Games of the Peace").
Waldi was the mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics that were held in Munich. He was a dachshund, a popular dog breed in Germany and embodied athletic attributes like resistance, tenacity and agility. Waldi was designed by Otl Aicher. His head and tail were blue and his body had stripes of other Olympic colours.
Amik the beaver, was the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics held at Montreal. The beaver was chosen as mascot because the animal represents hard work and is also native to Canada. It was designed by Yvon Laroche, Pierre-Yves Pelletier, Guy St-Arnaud and George Huel.
Sam the Olympic Eagle, was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics, which were held in Los Angeles. He was a bald eagle, which is the national bird of the United States. Sam was designed by C. Robert Moore, an artist for Disney. However, he is known as Eagle Sam in Japan, where an animated series of the same name ran the year preceding the Olympic Games.
Hodori was the official mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. The stylized tiger was designed by Kim Hyun portraying the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Korean people. "Ho" is derived from the Korean word for tiger and "dori" is a diminutive for boys in Korean. "Hodori" is also the name of the Korean Tae-Kwon-Do National Demonstration Team, which also uses the Hodori tiger as their symbol.
Cobi was the official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He is a Catalan sheepdog in Cubist style inspired by the interpretations of Picasso of a masterpiece of Velazques, Las Meninas. Cobi was designed by Javier Mariscal. Cobi's name was derived from the Barcelona Olympic Organising Committee (COOB).
Izzy was the official mascot of the Atlanta Summer Olympics 1996. Named Whatizit (What is it?), the computer animated character with the ability to morph into different forms was a departure from the Olympic tradition in that it did not represent a nationally-significant animal or human figure.
Olly (kookaburra), Syd (Platypus)and Millie (Echidna)were designed by Matthew Hatton for the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia. Olly represented the Olympic spirit of generosity, Syd represented the environment and spirit of the people of Australia and Millie represented the Millennium. All three animals are common wild animals found in Australia.
The official mascots of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, the pair is one of the few examples of anthropomorphic mascots in the history of the Olympics. The creation was inspired by an ancient Greek doll and their names are linked to ancient Greece. Phevos and Athena represent the link between Greek history and the modern Olympic Games. The mascots represented participation, brotherhood, equality, cooperation, fair play and the everlasting Greek value of human scale.
The Fuwa were the mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The designs were created by Han Meilin. 'Fuwa' literally means good-luck dolls and there are five characters, namely Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini (fish, giant panda, Olympic flame, Tibetan antelope and swallow). The names form the sentence, 'Beijing huanying ni' which means 'Beijing welcomes you'.