For years, Olympic mascots were depicted as indigenous animals of the host country, ones generally festooned with elements evocative of the national character. The mascot of the 1984 Los Angeles Games was a bald eagle named Sam who wore a top hat covered with stars and stripes. In 1980, Moscow went with Misha, a bear, wrapped in the Olympic rings.
Last week the world was introduced to Wenlock (left) and Mandeville, the mascots for the 2012 London Olympics. Since, the sporting and design communities have wondered what exactly the tech-age Polyphemuses had to do with the Olympics or, for that matter, with London.
Take a look back at the evolution of the Olympic mascot.
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