Olympics 2008 is in Asia right now!  Haha.  I know everyone has been raving about the spectacular opening ceremonies held at Beijing a little over a week ago.  But they all have us fooled, didn’t they?  Darn those Chinese men.  Hehe.

Anyways, I’m not going to talk about sports here (since I’m not a sports-minded person myself), nor am I going to talk about the highly-politicized game.  What I’m going to talk about is something cute and fluffy, small and cuddly: the olympic mascots!

Hahaha.  Really.  Olympic mascots are getting more and more interesting throughout the years.  The first mascot I have a fond memory of is Izzy (or WHATIZIT) from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Izzy was a very animated mascot, and unlike the traditional animals used as Olympic mascots, Izzy was just… a blob, I suppose?  Haha.  His stunning quality, according to this website, is his ability to quickly shift into different kinds of sport stances.  Cool, eh?

Now, the Beijing Olympics has unveiled not one, not three, but FIVE mascots for the 2008 Olympics, and they’re all so cute!  Haha.  I guess the mascot competition is really for cuteness, not for any other sake.  In any case, the Beijing mascots are BeiBei the Fish, Jingjing the Panda, Huanhuan the Olympic Torch, Yingying the antelope and Nini the swallow.  Collectively, they are known as Fuwa (which literally means good-luck dolls).  And when their names are put together, they spell out Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni, or Welcome to Beijing!  Isn’t it ingenious?!  Haha.

Other olympic mascots include Athena and Pevos from 2004 Athens Olympics; Millie, Syd and Ollie from 2000 Sydney Olympics (the land of UGG Australia, no less!); Cobi the sheep dog from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and Hodori the Tiger from 1988 Seoul Olympics.

*Izzy photo from
*Fuwa photo from

5 Responses to “OH-Lympics!”
  1. Jeff says:

    i must say that the fuwa mascots are the cutest so far in olympic history. im actually ordering happy meals from mcdo just to collect all of them! si beibei na lang ang kulang although i now have 3 yingyings…….

    i also remember millie, syd, and ollie from the 2000 olympics. they’re adorable too. izzy just looks weird and too all-over-the-place. di ko sya bet.

    P.S. aba, nag-change ng profile pic si JM! in fairview, hindi mo kamukha. hahaha! good luck sa thesis!

  2. roneiluke says:

    they are so cute… but i love jingjing the most! hehe! pandas are cute… they don’t even look dangerous in real life until they bite your head off…haha!

  3. Gian Paolo says:

    He wasn’t in the Olympics but my favorite sporting mascot is Footix from World Cup ’98.

    I must agree with roneiluke. Jingjing is the cutest of them all. ^-^

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