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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 August, 2003, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
The Olympic mascots
Misha from Moscow 1980
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Misha the Bear from Moscow 1980 carried the full name Mikhail Potapych Toptygin
Sam from Los Angeles 1984
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Sam the Eagle from Los Angeles 1984. He was chosen because the imposing bald eagle is the symbol of the USA
Hodori the Tiger from Seoul 1988
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Hodori the Tiger from Seoul 1988. The mascot's name was chosen from a list of 2,295 names submitted by the public
Cobi from Barcelona 1992
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Cobi the Dog from Barcelona 1992, a hero of a popular Spanish television show
Izzy from Atlanta 1996
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Izzy from Atlanta 1996. The name comes from Whatizit? because no one really knew exactly what Izzy was
Bird Ollie, platypus Syd and hedgehog from Sydney 2000
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Ollie the kookaburra, Syd the platypus and Millie the echidna, from Sydney 2000. They represent the earth, air and water
Athena (left) and Phevos, the mascots for the Athens 2004 Olympics
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Brother and sister - Athena and Phevos - the mascots for the Athens 2004 Olympics. They are named after two Greek gods

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