Animalistic symbols of the Olympic Games in 2014 – not the most bizarre in the history of the Games. International sporting events over the years represented the snowmen in the Tyrolean hats, ice and snow ball, the gods of Greek mythology and other fun creatures. This review is devoted to the strangest mascots in Olympic “chronicle”.
The symbol of the Winter Olympics in 1976 the Austrians chose a snowman. In contrast to the “classical counterparts”, Scheenman was “blinded” from a “snowball”, topped the Tyrolean hat. The appearance of the “Olympic Snowman” recalls the heroes of advertising m ‘&’ m’s candy.
A “Trand” on pair Olympic mascots was entered by Canadians. So in the winter 1988 “couple” of the polar bears dressed in cowboy’s style was born. Their names Hidy and Howdy are formed from the word greeting “hi”.
To the summer Olympic Games-1992 designers from DESIGNefx thought up Whatizit the animation character of an unknown species. This fun Barcelona talisman so pleased with the Americans that in 1996 won the “reincarnation.” For the Olympic Games in Atlanta the shapeless blue being slightly “replaced its image” and presented itself to the public under the name Izzy.
Winter Olympic symbol of the same year looked not less funny. Romantic French “gave a start in life” Magique a hybrid of the little man, a star and a snowflake. According to the concept of founders, this mascot an embodiment of synthesis of dream and imagination.
Mascots of the Winter Olympics-1994 in Norway were the puppet kids in costumes of Vikings. Foreign visitors have noted that smiling Hakon and Kristin are not so similar to fearsome warriors.
Being “owners” of the summer Olympic Games-2004, Greeks addressed to native history. And also showed the remarkable imagination, having connected the past and the present in the images of Olympic mascots. Ancient Greek gods of Phevos and Athena were presented in the form of cheerful dolls with disproportionately large feets.
Italians on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games-2006 decided not to philosophize. Mascots of the Turin Games were “girl snowball” Neve and “boy-piece of ice” Gliz.
Preparing for the Olympic Games-2008, Chinese picked up the whole five mascots. Guests were greeted fish Beibei, panda Jingjing, the Olympic flame Huanhuan, Tibetan antelope Yingying, and the swallow Nini. The amount and color of this motley company inspired by the emblem of the competition.
Canadians taking the 2010 Olympics, were limited to “only” four symbols. The images of each of the cheerful little animals were taken from popular in North America, “urban myths” and added with some “sports legend.” The sea bear Miga turned into the active traveler and the admirer of a snowboard. The yeti Quatchi decided to be engaged in hockey.Winged Bear Sumi and marmot Mukmuk Games organizers “appointed” responsible for the good weather.
For the last year’s summer Olympic Games British chose very urbanistic symbol Wenlock and Mandeville. “Revived” drops were named after the town of Much Wenlock, and the hospital in Stoke Mandeville. Because in this places were held the first competitions like the Olympic and Paralympic Games.