Olympic mascots are a funny thing. . . . well, sometimes. Most of the time, they’re created on the premise that kids are going to need something to make the Olympic movement seem warm and fuzzy. They’re also great merchandising tools, and if there’s one thing the International Olympic Committee understands above all else, it’s a dollar or a billion of them. Ever since the introduction of the first Olympics mascot, we’ve grown accustomed to ever increasing levels of unbearably cute in said huggable, usually furry ambassadors of the Games. Some of them you remember fondly. Others, you’d rather the organizers had spent their money instead on a better ticketing program or making a T-shirt more affordable. Here is a rundown of the best and worst of the Summer Olympics mascots. You’re welcome, world.
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