Since the debut of Schuss, a cartoon character on skis, at the 1968 Winter Games, every Olympic Games has had a mascot except for the 1972 Winter Games. Here is a list of every Olympic mascot including the mascot for the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia.
Although the Olympics did not official start endorsing mascots until 1972, Schuss, was the first mascot to be associated with an Olympics games.
Waldi, a long-haired dachshund, was the first official Olympics mascot. Waldi was designed to represent the attributes described as required for athletes — resistance, tenacity and agility.
Schneeman, German for Snowman, was the first official mascot of the Winter Games.
In the Anishinaabe language, amik means "beaver." The beaver, an animal native to Canada, was chosen to represent hard work.
Named for the Adirondack mountain range, Roni was the replacement mascot for Rocky, a live raccoon who died before the Olympics began.
In Russian, Misha is a diminutive for the Russian male name Mikhail. He was designed by children's books illustrator Victor Chizhikov, who won a contest.
Vucko, a wolf, was chosen in a newspaper contest from a list of six potential mascots. The other finalists were a chipmunk, a lamb, a mountain goat, a porcupine, and a snowball.
Sam, a bald eagle, was designed by C. Robert Moore, an artist for Disney.
Hidy and Howdy were brother and sister polar bears who wore western style outfits. The names were chosen from nearly 7,000 entries in a contest sponsored by the Calgary Zoo.
Hodori and Hosuni were tigers portraying the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Korean people.
The original Albertville mascot - "Chamois" the mountain goat - was scrapped in favor of Magique, the snow imp.
Cobi was a Catalan Sheepdog in designed in Cubist style. Cobi was shown in a variety of advertisements for Olympic sponsors such as Coca-Cola, Brother Industries and Danone. He even had his own TV series, The Cobi Troupe.
Haakon and Kristin, a pair of figures from the great age of Norwegian medieval history, were chosen as the mascots for the 1994 Winter Games. Three boys and three girls were chosen from 150 to personify Haakon and Kristin for the two years leading up to the Games.
Originaly named Whatizit (What is it?), the computer animated character with the ability to morph into different forms.
The original mascot for the Nagano Games was a weasel named Snowple, but he was replaced by four snow owls known as the Snowlets.
Olly derived from "Olympic", Syd derived from "Sydney" and Millie derived from "Millennium" were chosen to represent the Olympic spirit of generosity, the people of Australia and the Millennium.
The animals are major characters in the legends of local American Indians, and their stories reflect these legends. Each mascot also wears a charm around its neck with a petroglyph image to remind them of this heritage.
Athena and Phevos were named after Greek gods. They were meant to represent participation, brotherhood, equality, cooperation and fair play.
Neve, which means "snow" in Italian, represents softness, friendship and elegance. Gliz, a shortened version of the Italian word for ice, represents enthusiasm and joy.
Miga is a mythical sea bear, part orca and part kermode bear. Quatchi is a sasquatch, who wears boots and blue earmuffs. Sumi is an animal guardian spirit who wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty Thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear.
Wenlock is an animation depicting a drop of steel from a steelworks in Bolton, England. He has five friendship bracelets on his wrist. Each bracelet takes the color of an Olympic ring. The three points on his head represent the three places on the podium. The pattern on his body with the logo of the games symbolizes the whole world coming to London in 2012. The shape on the front of his head represents the shape of the Olympic stadium roof.
These mascots were chosen from a list of 10 finalists in nationwide text message voting contest.