The Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots

Aside from representing a team or an organization, a mascot’s main purpose is to entertain sports fans. The Olympic Games has tried to grasp this concept, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

For example, look at the mascots for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. All five of them represent something important, but their image is kind of scary and a bit weird. Involving heritage in the process of creating a mascot is vital, but sometimes it takes away from the design aspect. But it is safe to say, there are some cool mascots from past Olympic Games.

The following list highlights 10 mascots; their ranking is determined by design, originality and a “cool factor”. Many of these mascots can be cool in their own sense, but which one will prevail at the top as the “Coolest Olympic Mascot”?

Cool Olympic Mascot #10. Howdy and Hidi

The polar bear siblings were the faces of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. With both names expressing a feeling of welcome and brotherhood, they symbolized the warmth of Canadian hospitality.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #9. Hodori

Tigers and marketing seem to go hand in hand and the animal was perfect for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Hodori was designed as good-natured tiger and portrayed the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Koreans.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #8. Sam

With the Summer Olympics being held in Los Angeles in 1984, Walt Disney decided to design a mascot. His creation: Sam, a cartoon eagle who’s not afraid of showing his true colours.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #7. Vuchko

Despite looking a bit stubborn, Vuchko was a cheerful wolf who was the face of the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. The mascot helped to change the frightening image of the animal which was present in the region.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #6. Waldi

The colourful dachshund was claimed to be the first official Olympic mascot at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. Along with representing athletic qualities such as resistance, tenacity and agility, Waldi’s colours also symbolized the joy of the international event.

Cool Olympic Mascot #5. Hare, Coyote and Bear

Keeping to the country’s heritage, the trio stood for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics’ motto. The snowshoe hare, coyote and American black bear represented “Citius, Altius Fortius” (Faster, Higher and Stronger).

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #4. Cobi

For some, it can be difficult to figure out what exactly the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics mascot is. But the trick is to not overanalyze because Cobi is simply a dog in a suit.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #3. Ollie, Syd and Millie

Whether it’s the names or the animals, the trio was perfect for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. The kookaburra, platypus and echidna symbolized the event, the host city and the new millennium.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #2. Schneeman

Some would find it surprising to see one of the first mascots created to be ranked so high, but the snowman is definitely cooler than most. The 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics mascot stood for the “Games of Simplicity”.

 

Cool Olympic Mascot #1. Izzy

One of the reasons this particular mascot for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics is at the top of the list is because nobody knew what it was. That was the point; “Izzy” was an abstract fantasy figure derived from “What is it?”.

Sources: Official Beijing Olympics Website

 

Which one do you think is the coolest Olympic mascot? Are there any other mascots you know of that should have been mentioned?

If you're interested in looking at other mascots that were created for the Olympic Games over the years, then you might want to head over to the official website for the Olympic Games.

 

 [Update: This article was first written for the Summer Olympics in Bejing.  I don't know if I would include the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Mascots in my list of the Top 10 Most Coolest Olympics Mascots. Would you? Where do you think they fall on the list?]

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Comments
Aug 15, 2008
by Anonymous

Fuwa > all other mascots

I want to see something different in each years mascot(s), and this year does just that.

You're scared of the Beijing mascots?
You just want to see the same teddy bear-lookin' thing over and over, faggot.

This article is bad, and you should feel bad.

Aug 16, 2008
by Anonymous

The Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots

Love Hidori as he, Cobi from Barcelona, and Mischa(who is on everybody's #1 list but is missing here since this writer doesn't like the cuddly bear). Are the favorites. Worst, those Athens 2000 mascots and of course, Izzy aka What is it or what is that better yet! How about for Izzy....Roadkill!

Aug 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Cobi

Cobi is the easiest Mascot for me to draw!! YAY

Aug 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Go us

go australia!!!!!! YAY!!

Aug 24, 2008
by Anonymous

yes indeed, ,joshua khan is

yes indeed, ,joshua khan is a "dreamer". izzy is a piece of shit ,irrelevant concept conceived by a child (or a dumb yank). stupid blue sperm cell. ridiculous!! the best mascots to date are the chinese 5. cute , commercially viable and their background story is appropriate. power to china. get stupid izzy!!

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous

Wow

Wow, all hail super extremely biased man.

Aug 30, 2008
by Anonymous

thats right

you are 100% right i totally agree

Oct 31, 2008
by Anonymous

You're dumb

How can you forget Misha the bear from 1980.

That was without a doubt, the GREATEST mascot ever.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

i LOVE Sidney Crosby.

i LOVE Sidney Crosby so much. <3 he's so HOT..
how many mascots are there in the Olympics ???

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

HAHA !

Australia sucks balls

Mar 2, 2010
by Anonymous

IZZY THE BLUE PIIECE OF EFFING SPERM?!?!?!

THT WUZ NUMBER ONE?!?!?
WUT IS THE WORLD COMING TO !!!!!

see, part of the reason why the world is so fucking messed up is due to extremely BIASED PPL putting stuff on the internet

Mar 10, 2010
by Anonymous

over the years

I love miga

Mar 10, 2010
by Anonymous

over the years

I love miga

Mar 12, 2010
by Anonymous

olympic mascots

Hidi and Howdy should be #1

Mar 14, 2010
by Anonymous

Mukmuk

Yeah You Rock! Most people dis Howdy & Hidy (and most mascots on you list) but I think they are awsome! Oh, it should be a tie for Whatisit (Izzy) & MukMuk.

(yeah, I'm a Canadian... :)

Mar 22, 2010
by Anonymous

not real

it's so not real

Mar 22, 2010
by Anonymous

i love me

MMMMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAA

May 25, 2010
by Anonymous

The Vancouver Mascots

The Vancouver Mascots (including MukMuk) should be Number 1. I disagree with Izzy being number 1. Izzy ranks up there with Wenlock and Mandeville as being the ugliest Olympic mascots).

Jul 27, 2010
by Anonymous

miska the bear

everything spins around the usa
i have 1 of the orignal pot mascots out of only about 2000 made, being trying to find out the value of it

Aug 4, 2010
by Anonymous

This Writer is a Moron

"With the Summer Olympics being held in Los Angeles in 1984, Walt Disney decided to design a mascot. His creation: Sam, a cartoon eagle who’s not afraid of showing his true colours."

Walt Disney died in 1966. A Disney animator designed Sam the Eagle, NOT walt Disney himself. Do ten minutes of research before you write something, moron.

Dec 6, 2010
by Anonymous

The Vancouver Olympic

The Vancouver Olympic mascots should be ranked number one. Sorry, but NO mascot can compete with adorable Quatchi, the Sasquatch. :)

Mar 17, 2011
by Anonymous

Research

This website helped our Olympic Impacts research for uni however much we agree or disagree with the top ten choices, we are very embarressed to have produced Wenlock and Mandeville for 2012. They are not cuddly at all.

Mar 7, 2012
by Anonymous

Vancouver mascots rule

There's a few good ones in there. I kinda thought Kobi was cool in a weird way, but the Vancouver ones were fantastic, and little Mukmuk who was only their sidekick and not an official mascot ended up being the most popular of the 4 mascots. But they were all cool.

I must admit that even being an Australian, I have to say that the Sydney 2000 ones were AWFUL. The designs were SO dated - I don't remember meeting anyone who liked them. Plus they've got shit names and really creepy eyes. Horrible colors as well. How the hell can you rate them as 3rd? Shouldn't have even made top 10.

Saw the London 2012 ones. Lame. Two blobs of steel. Plus the London 2012 logo looks like Lisa Simpson giving a headjob - it's really screwed up.

May 2, 2012
by Anonymous

olympic

i like the mascots

May 24, 2012
by Anonymous

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May 31, 2012
by Anonymous

olympic mascots

i dont belive the mascots were ever actually used in any of the olympics through out the years and they all look fake and stupid so i dont belive in these mascots coz they look fake so a just dont get people who put up fake pics and stuff thats fake thats why a website got made up for people who wanna have a laugh and put fake stuff up and that website is called wikipedia

May 31, 2012
by Anonymous

lucy

seriosly there are some stupid people in this world who just think they can do what they want but really they cant so they have to wake up and stop dreaming so who ever made this website is and idiot and they just think they can do what they wont but they cant so people reading this just please dont ever make a website like this or any stupid websites

Jun 1, 2012
by Anonymous

can any 1 count

can any 1 count it is only 5

Jun 1, 2012
by Anonymous

can u count

i know i can count but can u there is only 5 mascots

Jun 1, 2012
by Anonymous

hi

my hand is a dolphin i am so angry at you