lot of people don't know this, but there are actually mascots at the Olympics. The first mascot appeared on the scene at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, and ever since, fictional characters have been designed for each Olympic games.
They're meant to represent the cultural heritage of the country that's hosting the games.
Here's another thing you might not know: Most of the Olympic mascots are actually pretty terrifying. I've collected some of them here and ranked them from least to most creepy. See if you can make it all the way to the end.
14. Waldi — 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich
OK, this one is obviously adorable. I’ve included Waldi here as a baseline against which to compare every other mascot. Waldi was designed the second-ever Olympic mascot. Things went downhill from there.
13. Misha — 1980 Summer Olympics, Moscow
Again, pretty adorable.
Who doesn’t love a teddy bear?
But there’s something nefarious going on around the eyes, right?
That bear might give you a hug, or it might snap and break your arms. It could really go either way.
12. Amik — 1976 Summer Olympics, Montreal
It’s a beaver!
This one isn’t terrifying, but I’m deducting points for its lack of eyeballs.
Also, the rainbow stripe is nice, but the entire design is just so…simple, you know? Why go for simplicity when you could literally terrify everyone that looks at the mascot? That seems to be what these other mascot designers had in mind…