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

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Stamps of Russia 2012 No 1559-61 Mascots 2014 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics 2014 will be held in Sochi, Russia. The mascots are animals, Bely Mishka (a polar bear), a leopard and Zaika (the doe hare) and have already stoked controversy including fears that the voting process was rigged as President Vladimir Putin supposedly favored the leopard and accusations of plagiarism from Viktor Chizhikov, the designer of the 1980 Moscow Games’s popular Misha the bear.

This business of Olympic mascots is getting just too political, to say the least.

 

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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 fun...so WHO is smiling????

3:27AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Thinking??????

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

lol!

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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