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For the official Sochi Olympic mascots, see this post.

For the official Sochi Paralympic mascots, see this post.

For the alternative mascots (but way more serious than the ones below), click here.

The mascots in this post are satirical and appeared mostly in the Russian blogosphere. Although a few of them may ridicule the idea of the Olympic Games or its 2014 location in Sochi, the vast majority poke fun at the selection process of the official mascots, and the importance attributed to the mascot as a symbol.

You may be surprised to learn that Zoich won the online voting, and for a while was considered a serious contender to the Leopard, the Polar Bear, and the Hare.

Mikhail Galustyan is one of Russia’s best comedy actors. Here he resembles Misha the Bear, the mascot of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

For the official Sochi Olympic mascots, see this post.

For the official Sochi Paralympic mascots, see this post.

Finally, for the satirical mascots of Sochi 2014, click here.

The present collection holds the images of alternative mascots, which were considered prior to the people’s voting and the selection of the Leopard, the Polar Bear, and the Hare. Some of the candidates below were serious contenders, and others mere submissions, which nevertheless merit a mention.


These are by far my favourite mascots!

For the three official Sochi Olympic mascots, see this post.

For the pre-selection candidates for the Olympic mascots, see this post.

Finally, for the satirical mascots of Sochi 2014, click here.

The official mascots of the Paralympic Games in Sochi are:

1) Ray of Light, alternative known as Fire Boy (in Russian: Luchik, Лучик)

2) Snowflake, also known as Snow Girl (in Russian: Snezhinka, Снежинка)

For the pre-selection candidates for the Olympic mascot, see this post.

For the official Sochi Paralympic mascots, see this post.

If you feel nostalgic or hist-curious, here are the pictures of Misha the Bear, the 1980 Moscow Mascot.

Finally, for the satirical mascots of Sochi 2014, click here.

The official mascots of the Winter Olympics in Sochi are:

1) The Leopard (in Russian: Leopard, Леопард)

2) The Polar Bear (in Russian: Belyi Medved’, Белый медведь)

3) The Hare (in Russian: Zaika, Зайка)

Olympic Bear 1980

I dedicate this post to Ronny who knows a thing or two about Russian bears.

























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