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.
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
|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
|1968 unofficial||Grenoble||Schoss||large snowball skiing|
|1988||Calgary||Hidi and Howdy||white bears|
|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|