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Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Olympic Inspiration

Wow ... the response to the “Olympic Inspiration” series of posts has been incredible.  Based on its popularity, it seems appropriate that I should continue, so, each weekday next week I will post a motivational story focused on Olympic athletes who have endured injury, but persevered; facing their pain and not letting it deter them from their goals. 

I’ll also keep the free offer going on the “Olympic Gold” eBook: Click Here - no registration, no opt-in, no payment.

Now, so this post is not just a promo for future posts, here is some fun info on city/year specific Olympic Games mascots, including Wenlock and Mandeville, the mascots for the 2012 London Olympic games:
WENLOCK is named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock where, in the mid-19th century, the Wenlock Games became one of the inspirations for the modern Olympic movement.

MANDEVILLE’s name honors the first Paralympic event (Opening day of the 1948 London Olympics) known as the Stoke Mandeville Games. Stoke Mandeville, in Buckinghamshire, is home to Stoke Mandeville Hospital where, in the 1940s a new spinal unit was developed to help former soldiers suffering from spinal cord injuries.

Recognizable Olympic mascots from years past include:

WALDI - Munich 1972. The colorful dachshund was the first Olympic mascot.

SCHNEEMANN - Innsbruck 1976. Schneeman, German for Snowman, was the first official mascot of the Winter Games.

MISHA - Moscow 1980. Mikhail Potapych Toptygin, or Misha the bear, was created by children's illustrator Victor Chizikov.

COBI - Barcelona 1992. Cobi is a Catalan Sheepdog in Cubist style inspired by the interpretations of Picasso of a masterpiece from Velázquez, Las Meninas.

IZZY - Atlanta 1996. The name for Izzy came from the phrase 'Whatizit?' because no one seemed to know exactly what Izzy really was.

OLLIE, SYD & MILLIE - Sydney 2000. A kookaburra, platypus and echidna who represented earth, air and water.

FUWA - Beijing 2008. There were five mascots, collectively called Fuwa, for the Beijing Games. They were Beibei the fish, Jingjing the panda, Huanhuan the Olympic flame, Yingying the Tibetan antelope and Nini the swallow.

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