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Winter Olympic mascots: Sochi, 2014
There are three mascots designated to the Sochi Olympics: the Polar Bear, the Leopard, and the Hare. They are all indigenous animals to the Caucasus region in Russia, where the Games are held. For the first time in Olympic history, the mascots were voted on by the Russian population after ten candidates were produced from over 24,000 different design entries.
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Winter Olympic mascots: Vancouver, 2010
There were three mascots used for the Vancouver Games: Miga, a mythical young sea bear; Quatchi (pictured), a young sasquatch from the mysterious forests of Canada; and Sumi, an animal spirit who lives in the mountains near Vancouver.
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Winter Olympic mascots: Torino, 2006
In Torino, two mascots were used to represent the natural elements that provide the foundation of winter sports: snow and ice. Neve, left, was the female mascot representing respect, loyalty and friendship. Gliz, right, was the male mascot representing energy, passion, innovation and entertainment.
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Winter Olympic mascots: Salt Lake City, 2002
The snowshoe hare (named Powder), coyote (named Copper) and American black bear (named Coal) were used during the Salt Lake Games, their stories based on animal images inspired by Native American traditions from the nearby Utah region.
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Winter Olympic mascots: Albertville, 1992
In Albertville, the mascot Magique marked the first mascot that was not an animal since the Innsbruck 1976 Games. Magique's star shape symbolized dreams and imagination. His colors came from the French flag.
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