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7 Regrettable Olympic Mascots: What Were They Thinking? (Slideshow)

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1. Izzy: Atlanta 1996

Mascot Izzy

I must start with the worst. The name Izzy is said to be taken from “Whatizit?”, people’s response to the blob-thing (others had far less kind words including Time Magazine’s “a sperm in sneakers”) that was the 1996 Olympic mascot.


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5:34AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Haha this is amusing.

3:55AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

YOU might not like them......or want to write an article about it because you have nothing to do....but many 1000 have bought them.....
so what matters is that THEY like it and thought they where WHO is smiling????

3:27AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012


2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


3:08AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

FYI, Stoke Mandeville isn't just a hospital that used to treat injured soldiers: it is one of the premier treatment centres for spinal injuries in the world and it was responsible for the effective founding of the Paralympics alongside the London 1948 Olympics.

As for the mascots, well they are a national embarrassment. Actually my kids still have their mascots from Vancouver 2010 and they were quite cute, but I am glad to say that I was blissfully unaware before today that there had ever been mascots before that.

Much worse than the mascots is the 2012 logo. Once you have seen it, you can never look at Lisa Simpson in the same way again. And they paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to come up with these designs!

11:32PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Haven't seen them before or any of the Olympics -----managed to avoid the whole shebang !!!!!

5:51PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Considering how nothing these things are, I think the Olympics should get rid of mascots altogether.

5:34PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Izzy ~A Sperm in sneakers.. LMAO!!

4:49PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I don't think it's really natural.

3:41PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

What were they thinking??? They were not!

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