Winter Olympic Games Mascots

There have been Olympic mascots since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. They are now an integral part of the promotion and commercial success of the Games.

The mascot is a character, often an animal native to the area who represents the place where the Games are taking place.

  Year Mascot Names Details
2018 Pyeongchang Soohorang white tiger "Soohorang" and an Asiatic black bear "Bandabi" for the winter paralympics
2014 Sochi Bely Mishka (polar bear), Snow Leopard (leopard), Zaika (hare)

A public vote decided the three mascots, a Polar Bear, European Hare and Amur Leopard. A Ray of Light and a Snowflake were selected to be the mascots of the Paralympic Games.

2010 Vancouver Miga, Quatchi and Sumi Miga is part Kermode bear, a rare white bear that only lives in British Columbia. Quatchi is a young sasquatch, the sasquatch is a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast. Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia. Sumi’s name comes from the Salish word “Sumesh” which means “guardian spirit.”
2006 Torino Neve and Gliz The two characters represented a snowball and ice cube
2002 Salt Lake City Copper, Powder and Coal The three mascots were characters of a coyote, snowshoe and Coal Bear, representing Higher, Faster, Stronger.
1998 Nagano Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukk The four owls were collectively known as The Snowlets. They represented the four major islands of Japan. Also the first syllable of each name combines phonetically to create the word "Snowlets".
1994 Lillehammer Håkon and Kristin The mascots were two Norwegian children, dressed in traditional Norwegian clothes.
1992 Albertville Magique Magique was a snow imp. It plays with the concept of dream and imagination through its star-like shape.
1988 Calgary Hidy and Howdy The Calgary mascots were two polar bears, representing Western Canadian hospitality.
1984 Sarajevo Vučko newspaper poll chose Vučko, a wolf designed by Slovenian illustrator Jože Trobec. A little wolf symbolizing the desire of humans to befriend animals. The other finalists were a chipmunk, a lamb, a mountain goat, a porcupine, and a snowball.
1980 Lake Placid Roni Roni was a raccoon. Its face design resembled the hat and goggles used by competitors.
1976 Innsbruck Schneemann A Snowman, representing the Games of Simplicity.
1972 Sapporo none
1968 Grenoble Schuss Schuss was the image of a stylized skier

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