The name “mascot” comes from the south of France and it was also the name of an opera that was called “The Mascot”. And at that time in 19th century there was a small jewel made after this opera and it was called a mascot and also it gives good fortune to people It was also very common to have a mascot in the United States for sports club and
even in schools and so it was quite normal that suddenly
a mascot appears in the Olympic Games. The first official mascot appeared in 1972 for the Munich Games it was a dashhound. This is an example of this mascot His name is Waldi and he was chosen because this kind of dog was rather popular in Germany at that time. It was full of energy and it was considered as bringing good fortune to the athletes and to the Games at that time It’s a way really to communicate the Games, communicate to people that
the Games are going to take place soon and it also gives the spirit of the specific edition of the Games
because of the colors of the mascot, because of the name of the mascot.
So it really refers to to the look of the Games,
the identity of the edition of the Games The Games are not only the competitions but it’s also the moment for creators,
for designers, for architects to propose new things and the mascots
belong to this process and designers who are in charge of this project have the possibility to bring new ideas, and to bring a new touch to the Games as well. The first edition since 1972 we can find some animals. There is a beaver for Montreal in 1976, there is Misha – the bear – for Moscow, there is Sam the Eagle, for Los Angeles in 1984, in 1988 there is Hodori, the Tiger, finally there is Cobi and it
breaks the rules really with Cobi. Because it’s really comes from
the fantasy of the designer. Cobi was a little dog that was
created by Javier Mariscal, a famous designer and Coby is completely different from the previous mascots. He does not belong
to the “Walt Disney World” so it’s a dog, but it’s a sort of “avant-garde” design. This mascot was not well received when people’s saw it for the first time. But gradually it became famous and famous.
It was represented everywhere practicing different sports and it is certainly one of the most famous
mascots in the history of the Olympic Games With Izzy in Atlanta, it’s something completely different. People didn’t know who was this mascot. It was impossible to make a comparison with an animal. It was something completely strange and it’s a little bit the same with Wenlock. The design is very strange as well.
It refers also to the stadium of London the material that was used for the stadium, but the look is very original. so it brings the Games to the 21st century. Brazil is very well known for the variety of its cultures it blends various different origins, different cultures, so we can imagine
that maybe the mascot will be a good example of this diversity Otherwise I don’t know. “Sabiá” is a bird that represents Brazil, so maybe it can be a possibility. We are all very curious to know the result.