SCHUSS GRENOBLE 1968
"Schuss", a little man on skis, is actually the very first unofficial Olympic mascot. Schuss appeared at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. He was featured on a pin and on small toys but not as a plush mascot.
SCHNEEMANN INNSBRUCK 1976
A snowman was chosen as the official mascot for the Games in Innsbruck in 1976. "Schneemann" appeared on pins and on many other souvenirs. For collectors, he is greatly sought after as a plush toy.
RONI LAKE PLACID 1980
The mascot "Roni" replaced the live raccoon mascot "Rocky" of Lake Placid who died before the Winter Games in 1980.
The raccoon took many different forms, and "Roni" was the first mascot to appear in sporting poses on various products.
VUCKO SARAJEVO 1984
"Vucko" was designed by Joze Trebec of Kranja and was chosen by the readers of major Yugoslav newspapers to be the 1984 Sarajevo Games Mascot. "Vucko" was elected from a list of six finalists which included a snowball (grudva), a mountain goat (divozoka), a chipmonk (lasica), a lamb (jagjne) and a porcupine (jez). The words in brackets are Serbo-Croat words for the animals, and not their names.
HIDY Y HOWDIE CALGARY 1988
The bear siblings "Hidy and Howdy" from the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary were the first dual mascots in the Olympic Games. They took the form of inseparable brother and sister polar bears.
MAGIQUE ALBERTVILLE 1992
The paunch blue Snow Imp named "Magique" became the mascot of the Albertville Winter Games. The first mascot, "Chamois", a mountain goat common to the Savoie region of France, was unceremoniously dropped about two years before the 1992 Winter Games.
HAAKON Y KRISTIN LILLEHAMMER 1994
Lillehammer had the first people-like mascots of the Olympic Games. "Haakon and Kristin" were two children from Norwegian folklore, and they appeared on pins, posters and stickers as well as in three-dimensional plush toys, wooden carved objects, plastic piggy-banks, pewter, and plastic miniature figurines.
There were also several pairs of real-life blond, blue eyed Norwegian children who, in keeping with the loveable mascots’ human form, portrayed them in-the-flesh and travelled the world promoting the Games.
SUKKI, NOKKI, LEKKI Y TSUKKI NAGANO 1998
"Sukki", "Nokki", "Lekki", and "Tsukki " were the names of the four snow owls that became the mascots of Nagano. Originally, the Nagano mascot was a weasel named "Snowple", but he was later replaced by the four snow owls. They seemed to suffer the same fate as the 1992 Barcelona mascot, "Cobi", and there was little interest in the Snowlets until halfway into the Nagano Games when all of Japan fell madly in love with them.
POWDER, COAL Y COPPER SALT LAKE CITY 2002
The Salt Lake 2002 mascots aim to reflect the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius Fortius": Faster Higher, Stronger. With this in mind three animals, a Snowshoe Hare, a Coyote and a Black Bear, were chosen to symbolise the motto.
Snowshoe Hare "Powder" (Swifter): At one time, the sun was burning up the earth. The hare ran swiftly to the top of the mountain. Shooting her arrow at the sun, she dropped it lower in the sky and cooled the land.
Coyote "Copper" (Higher): When the world turned dark and frozen, the coyote climbed the highest mountaintop and stole the flame from the fire people. He brought warmth back to the earth.
American Black Bear "Coal" (Stronger): Long ago brave hunters left their villages to track the mighty bear, but the bear was too strong and outlasted the hunters. Today, sons of the hunters continue the chase in the night sky.