More Hating on Olympic Mascots: Summer

It’s not fair to make fun of the winter Olympics mascots without re-posting my old Summer Olympics mascot post as well. Here is my t ake from February, 2006, when Beijing 2008 unveiled its little monsters. This time, in chronological order from 1968 – 2008:


1968, Mexico City, “The Dove of Peace” (unofficial).

The “black power salute” was also unoffical, I believe

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1972, Munich, “Waldi the Dachsund”

When I think “athletic achievement,” I think “short, stubby legs” When I think “Olga Korbut,” I think “Dachsund”

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1976, Montreal, “Amik the Beaver”

At least the dachsund had legs. This could be an eggplant with a tail..

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1980, Moscow, “Misha the Bear”

How could anyone boycott that adorable face?

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Also, “Vigri,” the Baby Seal, represented yachting events in Tallinn
— yacht–club–baby seal; I see the connection

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1984, Los Angeles, “Sam the Eagle”–

Mr. Ueberroth, there’s a Mr. Henson on the line for you, says it’s urgent. Something about copyright infringement?.

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1988, Seoul, “Hodori and Hosuni,” the Tiger Cubs

They’re Grrrrrrrreat!.

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1992, Barcelona, “Cobi,” a mountain sheep dog with human shape

See, with the eyes on both side of its face, I thought it was a flounder..

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1996, Atlanta, “Izzy,” (The original name was Whatizit)

I’ve got nothing. It’s at once too easy and too difficult to make fun of this. I weep for my country.

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2000, Sydney, “Syd,” the Platypus; “Millie,” the Echidna; “Olly,” the Kookaburra

Don the Dingo and Winston the Wallaby were apparently dejected at being passed over.

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2004, Athens, “Athena” and “Phevos,” two children of modern times, brother and sister

Because historical characters bear no meaning for an Olympics held in Athens.

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2008, Beijing, “Friendlies”:”Beibei” the Fish, “Jingjing” the Panda, “Huanhuan” the Olympic Flame, “Yingying” the Tibetan Antelope, “Nini” the Swallow

Catch ‘em all! These cute little figures are what pop up if you type “democracy” into Google China.

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5 Comments

  1. Yeah, the 2012 London logo gets a category of fugly all to itself.

    I love the Beijing Friendlies. But a few seem to be missing. Where’s Shu-Tup the Censor? Lok-up the prison guard? And shouldn’t that antelope be being ridden by a Chinese soldier?

  2. That London Olympic logo which the organisers/officials are defending and say we’ll have to get used to and cost hundreds of thousands of pounds is only being defended because it cost so much, in my opinion.
    If it had only cost 5 grand, they would have seen how bad it is and not felt stupid to face up to it and say ‘lets move on with a new design’, but to admit to wasting that kind of money on something rubbish would rightly make them look beyond stupid.
    Maybe just slightly more dumb than defending it.
    They could let the public submit ideas for ten pounds each and get a much better logo, and their money back into the bargain.
    Show up the company that did such a nasty job.

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