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The Sochi 2014 Mascot


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Ok, it's already on the news segment but they didn't posted the shortlist entries images, so ladies and gentlemen *drumroll* there you have

1) The Polar Bear

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2) The Leopard

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3) Brown Bear

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4) A Bullfinch

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5) A Snowball

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6) The Sun

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7) The Hare (my favorite one)

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8) The Dolphin

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9) Manekins (yes...manekins... o.o)

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10) Father Frost (aka Santa)

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By the way, remember the winning design will receive touches and improvements by a team of animators and designers

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Ok rule out the snowball as that is too reminiscent of Innsbruck's Schneeman. The Hare is a match up Copper from Salt Lake City, the bear a Mischa wannabe, the leopard recalls Seoul's Hidori, the Manekins are a little similar in concept to the snowlets of Nagano and Beijing's five mascots, the dolphin is perhaps similar to Miga from Vancouver. That leaves the sun (hardly winter sports friendly) father frost (a Santa copy), the bull finch and the polar bear (which has already been sort of done thxnks to Heidi and Howdy from Calgary)....

Is there an eleventh option ?

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These are the possible mascots in my order of preference:

1) The Polar Bear

I know it's been done before but IMO it's the best graphic design among them all.

2) A Bullfinch

It's not topping my top 10 because its design has to improve a lot but I like the idea of Sochi's tropical and maritime style.

3) The Hare

It's cool. I wouldn't mind it to be the mascot. It lacks... something to be perfect, though.

4) The Dolphin

More scaring than friendly, IMO. Too soon after Miga, maybe, but cool because of being a tropical aquatic animal.

5) Brown Bear

The most Russian of all. The main problem is that it's almost the same animal as Misha and I like variety.

6) The Leopard

Its colour is not wintry even though it's wearing a scarf. Strange design like the bullfinch.

7) Father Frost

It would be shocking to have him as the mascot of the Olympics. If he gets it, I suggest the Magi for the first Spanish WOGs!!

8) A Snowball

It's too simple. I don't like its hair or its wings either.

9) The Sun

Too simple, too, and it has nothing to do with the Winter Games. Also, it can be tropical but it lacks the water factor.

10) Manekins

I don't know what they are... They look like tennis balls.

Well, any of them in my Top 4 would be good mascots in my opinion.

But I'm missing a matryoshka-like animal. Matryoshka dolls are very Russian and they could play an important role in terms of merchandising, as cuddly toys or even as Matryoshka dolls.

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2) A Bullfinch

It's not topping my top 10 because its design has to improve a lot but I like the idea of Sochi's tropical and maritime style.

I assume there'll be a refining of whichever is chosen, so whilst it's not the slickest design, I think the bullfinch is different enough without being bizarre (Father Christmas?!) to work.

I also like the hare.

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None really jump out at me as being overly appropriate, but I guess they are only ideas from the original entrant. I suppose when given to the professionals they could make them far more mascot friendly. As it stands, the Polar bear is probably the only one that could be almost ready to go as is.

The dolphin really reminds me far too much of that little treehouse of horror episode of the Simpsons when they dolphins enslave the humans. In saying that, if it was reworked it could be ok, Victoria 94 pulled off a decent ocean creature mascot with Klee Wyck the Orca.

The Leopard would be my favourite at the moment, but as is, it has no mascot personality at all.

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And if they changed a bit the design of the brown bear and said it's a raccoon, it'd be nicer, I think. It does already have the eye mask and the colours, so it wouldn't be a radical change... I love its hat (although I'd put the whole Sochi 2014 logo on it), but I said from the very beginning I wouldn't like Sochi's mascot to be Misha 2.

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And if they changed a bit the design of the brown bear and said it's a raccoon, it'd be nicer, I think. It does already have the eye mask and the colours, so it wouldn't be a radical change... I love its hat (although I'd put the whole Sochi 2014 logo on it), but I said from the very beginning I wouldn't like Sochi's mascot to be Misha 2.

No raccoon Athan...we've already had Roni from Lake Placid so I'm sure our American colleagues would claim copyright violation.

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Too bad it can't be Misha. I suppose that will have to wait till Moscow hosts again.

It would have been a spectacular opening ceremony, where some time during the ceremony Misha appears, floating down from the sky, a nod to Misha flying away in the closing of the Moscow games in 1980.

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They can't and WON'T build an Opening Ceremony on a mascot of the Soviet era Games. Russia wants to project itself as a forward-looking nation especially after the dissolution of its bigger self in the last 2 decades. Mischa is a holdover of that era.

Yeah..o.o for much that i like Misha, i dont really want to see an army of russian bears dancing again like in 1980 :blink:

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]The snowball reminds me of the 1969 unofficial mascot Schuss. Anyone else think the same thing?

If you mean Schuss the unofficial (and possibly ugliest ever) mascot from Grenoble...

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Then no, not really. However as I referred to earlier Schneemann from Innsbruck is a far likelier candidate insofar as they are both snowballs. Take off the Tyrolean hat and strap on some skis and the Russians might want to avoid Austrian copyright law:

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PS On a divergent note does anyone have either or both of these mascots in their collection? Those two and Amik seem to be as rare as hen's teeth...

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PS On a divergent note does anyone have either or both of these mascots in their collection? Those two and Amik seem to be as rare as hen's teeth...

I have seen Schuss most recently in Ingrid O'Neil's latest Olympic Auction Book with a starting bid of $125.00. Schuss is hard to find indeed. Though I can always be sure to find a Misha silver spoon set or a Misha ceramic plate to add to my mascot collection on eBay though ;)

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Well, this monday, the mascots purposals for both olympic and paralympic games will be revealed on russian television. After that, there will be national messaging vote which will decide which one of them will be the winner. It looks like there will be one olympic and one paralympic mascot, like London.

I forgot when was the last time people was given the chance to vote for their favorite mascot (besides the name). Although it reminds me of Sarajevo '84 (Vucko became the mascot after a national vote between him and other various mascots as well)

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TV spot from russian channel 1 about the mascots. The unveiling of the designs (we knew the names however it is today when we will finally see their designs after they were apparently redrawn by a team of artists, if i'm correct) will be at 21:30 (local time), which is arround 4 hours to go now. We're close to see who will be Misha sucessor :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmvfaftrWCo&feature=player_embedded

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2014 Olympics mascots advertise themselves in prime time

http://www.adindex.ru/news/offtop/2011/02/7/60460.phtml

Presentation 13 mascots from which someone in a few weeks is destined to become the official symbols of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sochi, will take place exactly three years before the start of the Winter Games of 2014

For the first time prototypes mascots will be presented on the First Channel. Telecast "mascot. Sochi-2014. Beginning", which will start at 21.30 MSK, will introduce viewers to the candidates, each of which is through the work of specialists in computer graphics and voice-over will be able to apply to residents of the country in order to attract their votes.

For 10 minutes, which share news coverage "Time" and multi-part film "Dr. Tyrsa, viewers will be able to see the speakers, and possibly dancing rabbit, dolphin, brown and white bears, bullfinch, the leopard, the sun, Santa Claus, certain anthropomorphic creatures and snowflake. These will be added Paralympic counterparts: matryoshka doll, dolphin and bullfinch.

Site of the First Channel, announcing his transfer, said that in her "warm word recall bear the famous Olympic-1980. Direct the process will be TV presenter Ivan Urgant. He will summarize the first round of competition, during which the expert jury, headed by general director of Channel One by Konstantin Ernst and reviewed more than 24 thousand works. The outcome of this group, which consisted of prominent figures of culture, sports, arts, and 13 were selected for the competition of ideas.

The winner will be determined approximately in late February after being held nationwide SMS-voting. According to Ernst, is not ruled out the option that mascots will not two, but three. This can happen if several bidders will receive an approximately equal number of votes.

"If the audience votes for the three mascots, then they will have three. For example, if the votes are distributed as follows: 31, 31 and 33 per cent. But at the same time, these mascots to be combined with each other. Medved, bullfinch and matryoshka - a great triad but strange, "- he said in December, after the announcement of the short-list of ideas Mascot Games-2014.

It is expected that the winning vote mascots Olympic and Paralympic Games "settle" at talisman.sochi2014.ru. On this website, residents all over the world can watch the online mode of life charms and socialize with them.

"Here mascots will share their experiences with the guests and news related to the preparation for the Games in Sochi. On a visit to the charms will come not only Russian-speaking Internet users" - said the press service of the Sochi 2014.

Today will be chosen finalists Talisman Sochi 2014

http://www.sostav.ru/news/2011/02/07/doc2/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Characters who become the "custodians" of Olympic and Paralympic Games, will call on the First Channel at 21.30

Of all the options submitted for the contest will go to the final ten mascot for the Olympic Games and three - for a Paralympics. Teleprezentatsiya will be titled "mascot. Sochi-2014. Home." Its leader will be Ivan Urgant. All mascots aspirants will appear on the air in the format 30-second postcards.

Shortlist competition was introduced in late December. Finalists for the Olympic Games will be chosen from various options rabbits, dolphins, bears, bullfinch, leopards, snow / snowflakes / ldinok, sun, men, Santa Claus. For the "Para" games are dolls / dolls, dolphins and bullfinch.

Of the finalists jumping in the popular vote, which will begin in late February, will be chosen by the winning mascot for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Recall that the expert jury, consisting of cultural, educational, sports, business and politics, led by Director General of the First Channel, Konstantin Ernst.

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And *drumroll* here they are:

http://talisman.sochi2014.com/en

The Rabbit

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The Dolphin

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The Polar Bear

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The Brown Bear

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The Bullfinch

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Snow Leopard

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The Sun

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Dolls

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Father Frost

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Matryoshka (???? o.O)

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On the website you may find more info and presentations about each mascot. Like i told in previous posts, the winner or winners will be decided in late February. If i had a Premium Account i would start a poll thread :lol:

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