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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!

19 Responses to 2006 Winter Olympics Mascots: Neve and Gliz

  1. laura k. November 17, 2005 at 7:12 am #

    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?

  2. laura k. November 17, 2005 at 7:14 am #

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

  3. Tom Saaristo November 17, 2005 at 8:03 am #

    How about a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese!

  4. Tom Saaristo November 17, 2005 at 8:03 am #

    Oh, and these characters look like marshmallows!

  5. unlikelymoose November 17, 2005 at 8:04 am #

    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.

  6. Tom Saaristo November 17, 2005 at 8:05 am #

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

  7. Matt Maldre November 17, 2005 at 6:53 pm #

    Oh a wheel of cheese! brilliant, tom! Marshmellows! Neve and Gliz get skewered many times on this phtoshop challenge: Here’s the backstory on how they were selected: But actually, i think these were not done by some 38-year-old, it was done by one of the board executives kids. And they are red white and blue, because AMERICA ROCKS!

  8. Anonymous November 17, 2005 at 7:53 pm #

    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.

  9. Patrick McGrath December 2, 2005 at 11:37 am #

    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.

  10. Eric February 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    This must be a joke?

  11. Tom Saaristo February 8, 2006 at 9:34 am #

    New commemorative pins featuring Neve and Gliz

  12. Eileen February 8, 2006 at 8:43 pm #

    Well, I think they’re cute! I agree, though, they should be red, white and green for the colors of the Italian flag.

  13. Jordan February 13, 2006 at 5:40 pm #

    It’s really a snowball and an ice cube!?!? Wow!

  14. Tom Saaristo February 14, 2006 at 4:26 am #

    I just heard that the pins that are being sold for the 2008 Olympics in China are already worth more as a collectible than the Neve and Gliz commemorative pins!

  15. angka February 15, 2006 at 2:24 pm #

    i like it

  16. christobell February 16, 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    i think there a bit to easy looking theres no detail i could draw that and way better.

  17. Natalie February 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm #

    I think its retarded. thats the point why couldnt the mascot be an elephant or something?

  18. cheyenne s March 6, 2006 at 12:36 pm #

    you mean pedro off of napolion dinamite?

  19. Konami September 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Its kinda funny for italy to have ice cube and snowball as an italian mascot it would have been better to use Mario and Luigi as their mascot. This would have been better for Canada or Russia or maybe a boot you know cuz italiy is shaped like a boot!

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