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Poll: Which Summer Olympics Mascot Was Best?

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Dolls of Vinicius, the official mascot of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, sit on display during the opening of the Cocacabana Olympic megastore in Rio in June.
Dolls of Vinicius, the official mascot of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, sit on display during the opening of the Cocacabana Olympic megastore in Rio in June. Credit: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Olympics mascots have long been a source of joy and ... well ... mockery. Now the Rio Summer Games have brought us Vinicius, a cartoon character described as "a mixture of all the Brazilian animals." But can Vinicius compare with Cobi, the Barcelona games' Cubist-style Catalan sheepdog? What about Wenlock of London, a living steel girder from Olympic Stadium with a taxi light on its head? And then of course there were Sam and Misha, adorable Cold War enemies. Make your choice known.


Images courtesy of the International Olympics Committe, which has more historical mascots on display right here.

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