The 5 Worst Olympic Mascots

From morbidly obese beavers to walking penises, these icons should be banned for life.

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5. Amik the Beaver, the mascot of the 1976 Games in Montreal.

Some 20 African nations boycotted that Olympics due to the inclusion of New Zealand athletes after Kiwi rugby teams had toured apartheid South Africa, which was forbidden from participating in the Games. That rugby wasn't an Olympic sport makes the African nations' argument hard to follow, but it was the '70s and everyone (especially Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau) was doing lots of drugs, so who can say what did or didn't make sense?

Speaking of drugs, scientists have yet to synthesize anything that can make Amik the Beaver look like anything other than a colostomy bag. His failure to win hearts and minds of Olympic fans mirrored the Games' failure to return on the huge gobs of Canadian dollars spent on the competition. Costs rose from around $100 million to over $1.5 billion (CDN) and Montreal spent some two decades paying off the tab for hosting the Olympics. All those remaindered plush toy versions of Amik the Beaver didn't help the bottom line.

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  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Aw, c'mon, Nick - the Fuwa are adorable!

    Right up until they unleash the Mongol Hordes™ to bust yer kneecaps for failure to pay back the $75kabazillion your country has borrowed from China.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Huanhuan looks like it is on fire. Maybe the Mongols burnt his village raped the cattle and killed the women and stole the men?

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Prediction: The 2028 St. Louis Summer Olympic Games mascot will be "Archie the the St. Louis Arch", an ill-tempered, Bud-drinking, Cardinals fan who always enters events to the sound of Sheryl Crow's "All I Wann Do."

  • Caleb Turberville||

    And, yes, the band The The will host the opening ceremonies.

  • albo||

    I've been waiting for this moment all of my life

  • Proprietist||

    Hey, I like The The. At least their first album...

  • albo||

    Since the 2016 Olympics are in Rio, I propose the following two mascots:

    Wedgie - the women's beach vollyball bikini bottom that's moved, um, a bit out of place

    Breasty - a topless carioca hottie who strolls the beaches

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    I'll be in my bunk...

  • Mr. Soul||

    the name "Rio De Generate" comes to mind.

  • Proprietist||

    Great band name!

  • RBS||

    Sure, but at least one of them has to be a tranny.

  • sarcasmic||

    Wedgie - the women's beach vollyball bikini bottom that's moved, um, a bit out of place

    Like this?

    http://www.paperchaserdotcom.c.....aved-maria

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    I luuuvvs the intrawebs!

  • ||

    5. Amik the Beaver, the mascot of the 1976 Games in Montreal.

    Come on! Who doesn't like a little beaver?

  • Loki||

    scientists have yet to synthesize anything that can make Amik the Beaver look like anything other than a colostomy bag.

    IDK, to me he kind of looks like a big turd with a ribbon around it. Like a really shitty present, IOW.

  • Loki||

    And Izzy kind of looks like Mr. Hankey's retarded cousing who got into a bucket of blue paint once. What is it with turd shaped Olympic mascots?

  • o3||

    it aint just olympic mascots w teh stupid.

    behold slider the tribe mascot...which should be sum stud warrior mascot like florida state.

    http://www.google.com/search?q.....24bih=554

  • ||

    Nice to see Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat, the Battler's Prince, get a guernsey as a great mascot that never was.

  • BakedPenguin||

    The official Sydney mascots were the least stupid on the list, but it's a shame Fatso wasn't adopted officially.

    Also - are your news outlets lamenting the dearth of Aussie medals nightly?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Fatso does look like someone, er, something(?) you'd want to share a pint and laugh with.

  • JD the elder||

    Minor nitpick: there is no way the organizers of the Sydney games were sitting around drinking Foster's, because nobody in Australia drinks that. Seriously. They sell that stuff in America because it got laughed out of Australia.

  • ||

    Barack Obama should be the mascot if a US city wins a bid again sometime, for HE IS GOOD AND JUST AND EMPIRE.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    A bit of a sting after Chicago got dumped ASAP for 2016.

    Besides, our mascot would be a loveable, plush alderman with a large plain brown envelop in one hand and the other behind his back with its fingers crossed.

  • anon||

    Probably the best thing I've seen/read/heard about the Olympics. Ever.

  • ||

    Thank you, Mr. Gillespie. Dick. Fucking Jedward? How much whiskey is it going to take to erase that? Warn a guy next time, would ya?

  • ||

    The mascots of past Games and, one suspects, their yet-to-be born brethren of future Olympics, drive home the fact that however far we run and high we jump, we will, just like Olly, Syd, and Millie - and even Fatso! - fail completely in our quest to make something more of our efforts than abject, humiliating failure.

    Case in point: The one time there was actually a good Olympic mascot, the US boycotted the games!

  • LTC(ret) John||

    They should have gone with "Anatoly the Gulag Bound Dissident".

  • Tim||

    Any reports of those things terrifying children?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    If you showed them to your kids, CPS would show up in a heartbeat.

  • Zeb||

    I have no idea why there is even such a thing as an Olympic mascot or why anyone would think that there should be one.

  • Wiregrass||

    Funniest thing I've read all week. Completely lost it when I clicked on that link for Fatso.

  • Jason S.||

    Hahahaha. Hilarious article. Reason gets the gold.

    Synchronized swimming gets the gold, too.

  • GILMORE||

    However far we run and high we jump, we will, just like Olly, Syd, and Millie - and even Fatso! - fail completely in our quest to make something more of our efforts than abject, humiliating failure

    poetry

  • NL_||

    Olympic mascots are designed by smart people in a room and don't necessarily reflect any history or familiarity with people. It would make more sense to just sell mascot rights in a sponsorship package and let Mickey Mouse or Betty Boop or whatever be the mascot at future games.

    I imagine the Geico gecko or the Coca Cola polar bears would have more resonance if only from familiarity.

  • Emperor Wears No Clothes||

    The best Olympic mascot was obviously Homer Simpson's.

    /too lazy to search for a link.

  • Emperor Wears No Clothes||

    The best Olympic mascot was obviously Homer Simpson's.

    /too lazy to search for a link.

  • Ardelle||

    Design by committee is never a good idea and when it comes to Olympic mascots, it seems like no idea is so bad that it can't be made even more rotten—and then dipped in multiple coats of WTF lacquer. Here's the five worst mascots of the Summer Games.

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