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November 30, 2007

More Hating on Olympic Mascots: Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 12:05 am

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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4 Comments »

  1. […] Vancouver Unveils 2010 Winter Olympics Mascot; World Recoils in Horror Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Haslam @ 11:55 pm UPDATE: I’m an angry nerd! Awesome (I think)– thanks Canoe Dossier! And please see my summary of the Summer Olympics mascots. […]

    Pingback by Vancouver Unveils 2010 Winter Olympics Mascot; World Recoils in Horror « Doug Haslam: Gischeleman’s Blog — December 4, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

  2. How about a special shout-out to the atrocious 2012 London logo?

    Also known as “Lisa Simpson performs a lewd act.”

    Comment by Ike — December 4, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

  3. 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?

    Comment by Metro — December 4, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

  4. I forgot about London’s logo. Didn’t that cause seizures in small children and the frail?

    Comment by Doug Haslam — December 5, 2007 @ 6:22 am


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