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Zaika, Snow Leopard, and Bely Mishka Sochi 2014
These three winter animals got the call Russian Idol-style after a nationwide vote, overruling an earlier Sochi poll that nominated a dolphin on skis. These scamps seem cuddly enough, but?DOLPHIN ON SKIS!!!
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Wenlock and Mandeville London 2012
We were concerned this harmless-looking duo were The Simpsons' Kang and Kodos in disguise.
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Sumi, Miga, and Quatchi Vancouver 2010
An animal-guardian spirit with the wings of a Thunderbird and the legs of a black bear, an orca/bear hybrid that liked to surf, and a hockey-loving sasquatch. The 2010 Vancouver herb crop must have been especially potent that year.
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The Five Fuwa Beijing 2008
Inspired by the five Olympic rings, the Pokémon-flavored Five Fuwa, or Friendlies, made a cameo in the Mario & Sonic Olympic video game.
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Neve and Glitz Torino 2006
Basically this pair is what would happen to Gumby if he ever got trapped on a ski lift for 48 hours.
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Athena and Phevos Athens 2004
There is an amazing history behind the ancient Greek art that inspired these characters, but that doesn?t make them any less phallic.
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Powder, Coal, and Copper Salt Lake City 2002
If they resemble characters that might show up on Rugrats, that?s because the artist who created them drew for the show.
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Millie, Syd, and Ollie Sydney 2000
Keep it simple, mates. If you're known as the land of koalas and kangaroos, no need to choose an echidna, a platypus, and a kookaburra.
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Sukki, Nokki, Tsukki, and Lekki Nagano 1998
Plush versions of these homely snow owls became such hot commodities that three were owlnapped from the Olympic Press Center. Lekki, oddly enough, was left behind unscathed.
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Izzy Atlanta 1996
The Edsel of Olympic mascots, Izzy (short for Whatizit) was described as ''a bad marriage of the Pillsbury doughboy and the ugliest California Raisin,'' by Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
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Kristin and Håkon Lillehammer 1994
The two young Norwegians, named after 13th century Norse historical figures, were the first human-form Olympic mascots. The dolls that were sold looked like Raggedy Ann and Olaf.
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Cobi Barcelona 1992
A Catalan sheepdog from a Cubist's fever dream, Cobi was the rare animated character whose nudity made you flinch.
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Magique the Snow Imp Albertville 1992
It's a star! And a cube! Melded together! It's Magique! The original mascot was going to be a mountain goat; I can't decide whether that was an averted disaster or a missed opportunity.
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Hodori and Hosuni Seoul 1988
Hodori, the male tiger, was the primary mascot for the Seoul Games. As a cartoon, he resembled Tony the Tiger, so much so that Kellogg's threatened to sue. In costume, though, Hodori didn't look like a tiger who'd eaten his Wheaties.
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Hidy and Howdy Calgary 1988
Despite their diddle-did-did-diddly-dippy names and permanently toothy grins, there is no truth to the rumor that these polar bear twins were designed by The Simpsons' Ned Flanders.
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Sam Los Angeles 1984
Not to be confused with The Muppets' Sam the Eagle, Sam the Olympic Eagle was a Disney creation. Perhaps that's why he resembles a patriotic Jiminy Cricket.
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Vu?ko Sarajevo 1984
The determined-looking Yugoslavian wolf looked like an ACME-outfitted Wily E. Coyote when he was featured in a series of winter-sports poses.
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Misha Moscow 1980
The Russian bear was a huge propaganda coup for the Soviet Union: the cuddly teddy ''teared'' up at the closing ceremonies and remained popular on Russian TV for years.
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Roni Lake Placid 1980
Roni had some big paws to fill after Rocky, a live raccoon that Lake Placid intended as its mascot, died before the Games. As a costumed mascot and a plush toy, Roni somehow seemed less huggable than the real thing.
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Amik Montreal 1976
In the early, naïve years of Olympic mascots, countries simply chose an unadorned animal closely identified with the host nation. Canada was proud of its industrious beavers. ''Amik'' means beaver in Algonquin. Simple as that.
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Schneemann Innsbruck 1976
A creepier, wintrified ancestor of the Jack-in-the-Box fast-food mascot, Schneemann toys have become a valuable find for collectors.
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Waldi Munich 1972
The rainbow Dachshund incorporated all the Olympic colors, except for the Nazi-flag colors of black and red. (No, Waldi was not named after Kurt Waldheim.)
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Schuss Grenoble 1968
Schuss, named for the sound a downhill skier makes when he speeds past, wasn't an official mascot, but he was branded on enough toys and mementos to be remembered as an essential part of the Games. Not everything is sexual, but you can't blame those who called Schuss the Skiing Sperm.
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