The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing has unveiled its official mascot: Bing Dwen Dwen, a wide-eyed cartoon panda characterized by its crystalline suit of ice, piercing stare and love of winter sports. “Based on China's iconic animal,” Chinese news agency Xinhua writes, “Bing Dwen Dwen shows vitality of life through its modern design and sense of technology.”
Bing Dwen Dwen (accompanied above by Shuey Rhon Rhon, a red lantern personified and the mascot for the 2022 Paralympics) is undeniably cute and cuddly, somewhat reminiscent of Beijing’s cartoon representatives from the 2008 Summer Games. But with more than 50 years of history preceding it, how does the ice panda compare to the Olympic mascots of yore?
Here are Ad Age’s picks for the 5 best and worst mascots from Olympic history: