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2006 Winter Olympics Mascots: Neve and Gliz


From the olympic site:

“Neve”: she is a gentle, kind and elegant snowball; “Gliz”: he is a lively, playful ice cube. They are the two symbolic characters of the XX Olympic Winter Games. They complement each other and personify the very essence of winter sports.

The mascots were born from the pencil of Pedro Albuquerque, a 38-year old Portuguese designer who won the international competition launched by the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in Turin (TOROC) on 25 March 2003. He was inspired by his passion for water and the incredible shapes this element takes on when it is transformed into snow or ice; by his research into the Italian spirit and the places hosting the Olympic Games; by the Olympic values; and by the technical characteristics of the various sporting disciplines of the Games.

“Neve” and “Gliz” reflect the spirit of the Italian Olympic event: passion, enthusiasm, culture, elegance, and love of the environment and of sport. They are the symbol of a young generation that is full of life and energy.

Instead, I suggest something more Italian. The Meatball. And the roundness of the meatball goes well with the five rings in the olympic logo. Just 85 days until the Winter Olympics! Get your meatballs ready!

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laura k.
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laura k.
10 years 10 months ago

tom, what are some really traditional Italian food items? i don’t know if the meatball is something that personifies Italy. i’ve never been to Italy myself, but i know people who have, and the food there is kind of different from what we Americans imagine it to be. maybe a plum tomato? maybe a ring of calamari? maybe a head of garlic? something else circular?

laura k.
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laura k.
10 years 10 months ago

i don’t like these characters. they have no personality. they are boring. they don’t seem purposeful or symbolic enough.

Tom Saaristo
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10 years 10 months ago

How about a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese!

Tom Saaristo
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10 years 10 months ago

Oh, and these characters look like marshmallows!

unlikelymoose
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10 years 10 months ago

This Pedro Albuquerque must give really good presentations. It looks like Pedro presented doodles on a cocktail napkin and the Italians told him to do nothing else. Though I’m glad to see that Pedro spent the extra time to actually color in their bodies with red and blue. What extra effort that must have been. I bet others who spent alot of time developing characters for this Winter Olympics mascot competition are really ticked off.

Tom Saaristo
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10 years 10 months ago

And why are they red white and blue when the colors of the flag of Italy are red white and green?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
10 years 10 months ago

I didn’t think a 38-year old man would do this. This must work for the little kids back home, but for the Winter Games? These mascots would be appropriate models for the souvenir stuffed toys from the organizers, but as the real mascots? I think I’d like to challenge the contest organizers to a snowball fight.

Patrick McGrath
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Patrick McGrath
10 years 9 months ago

Compared to some of the other grotesque horrors in the pantheon of Olympic mascots, the blandness of this pair comes as something of a relief.

Eric
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Eric
10 years 7 months ago

This must be a joke?

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