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The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are Mandeville and Wenlock. The mascots are animations portraying two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton, a town northwest of Manchester, England. They are named Wenlock, after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, and Mandeville, after Stoke Mandeville, a village in Buckinghamshire.

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Mascots for the Olympic Games made their first appearance at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games as a popular image full of vitality, reflecting the spirit, culture and history of the Olympic Games and host country. Mascots have the role of communicating the spirit of the Olympic Games, especially to the general public and young children.

Summer Olympic Games Mascots

Year Location Name(s) Description
1972 Munich Waldi multi-colored dachshund
1976 Montreal Amik beaver
1980 Moscow Mischa bear
1984 Los Angeles Sam eagle
1988 Seoul Hodari tiger
1992 Barcelona Cobi dog
1996 Atlanta Izzy computer generated - what is it?
2000 Sydney Syd, Olly, and Millie multi-colored dachshund
2004 Athens Athena and Phevos yellow dolls
2008 Beijing Fuwa good luck dolls (5)
2012 London Mandeville and Wenlock animations portraying two drops of steel

Winter Olympic Games Mascots

Year Location Name(s) Description
1968 unofficial Grenoble Schoss large snowball skiing
1976 Innsbruck Schneemann snowman
1980 Lake Placid Roni raccoon
1984 Sarajevo Vuck wolf
1988 Calgary Hidi and Howdy white bears
1992 Albertville Magique snow imp
1994 Lillehammer Haakon and Kristin doll-like children
1998 Nagano Snow Owls four multicolored snow owls
2002 Salt Lake City Citius, Altius, and Fortius hare, coyote and bear
2006 Torino Neve and Gliz snowball and ice cube men
2010 Vancouver Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi sea bea, young sasquatch, and thunderbird
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