Winter Paralympic Games Mascots (1976 – 2010)

Örnsköldsvik, 1976 – No Known Mascot

Geilo, 1980 – No Known Mascot

Innsbruck, 1984 – No Known Mascot

Innsbruck, 1988 – No Known Mascot

Tignes, 1992 (Alpy)

The official mascot, Alpy, designed by Vincent Thiebaut, represented the summit of the Grande Motte mountain in Tignes. Alpy was shown on a mono-ski to demonstrate its athleticism and the colours of white, green and blue were used to represent purity/snow, hope/nature and discipline/the lake.

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Lillehammer, 1994 (Sondre)

Following a competition, an illustrator by the name of Tor Lindrupsen won with his children’s drawing of Sondre. Sondre is apparently a friendly teenage troll boy who is charming, good-natured, elegant and poised despite having had his left leg amputated above the knee. The name for the mascot was chosen in a separate competition and derives from the great skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.

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Nagano, 1998 (Parabbit)

The mascot chosen for the Games was based upon the same rabbit emblem selected for the logo. A national competition was held to name the mascot and following 10,057 entries which suggested 3,408 different names the winning name chosen was Parabbit.

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Salt Lake, 2002 (Otto)

The Salt Lake organisers chose the otter as the official mascot for the Games because they considered it to embody vitality and agility. The otter also had a long historical connection with the region stretching back to ancient Indian tribes who believed it to be one of the most powerful of all animals.  Having been nearly hunted to extinction in the early twentieth century and the river otter was successfully reintroduced to Utah in 1990.

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Torino, 2006 (Aster)

Designed by Pedro Albuquerque, Aster the snowflake aims to depict the originality of Paralympic athletes, rather than focusing upon their disabilities. The complexity and originality of a snow flake expresses through its limits an original way of practicing sport at the highest competition level.

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Vancouver, 2010 (Sumi)

Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia. Like many Canadians, Sumi’s background is drawn from many places. He wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear. Sumi’s name comes from the Salish word “Sumesh” which means “guardian spirit.” Sumi takes his role very seriously. He works hard to protect the land, water and creatures of his homeland.

Transformation is a common theme in the art and legend of West Coast First Nations. Transformation represents the connection and kinship between the human, animal and spirit world. Revered animals, such as the orca whale, the bear and the thunderbird, are depicted in transformation through masks, totems and other forms of art. The orca is the traveller and guardian of the sea. The bear often represents strength and friendship. And the thunderbird — which creates thunder by flapping its wings — is one of the most powerful of the supernatural creatures.

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