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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!

By Matt Maldre on Nov 17, 05 | 6:00 am  |   [24866] Hits  |   permalink | archives

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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?

Posted by: laura k. on Nov 17, 05 | 7:12 am

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

Posted by: laura k. on Nov 17, 05 | 7:14 am

How about a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese!

Posted by: Tom on Nov 17, 05 | 8:03 am

Oh, and these characters look like marshmallows!

Posted by: Tom on Nov 17, 05 | 8:03 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.

Posted by: on Nov 17, 05 | 8:04 am

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

Posted by: Tom on Nov 17, 05 | 8:05 am

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!

Posted by: spudart on Nov 17, 05 | 6:53 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.

Posted by: on Nov 17, 05 | 7:53 pm

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.

Posted by: Patrick McGrath on Dec 02, 05 | 11:37 am

This must be a joke?

Posted by: Eric on Feb 01, 06 | 4:46 pm

New commemorative pins featuring Neve and Gliz

Posted by: Tom on Feb 08, 06 | 9:34 am

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

Posted by: Eileen on Feb 08, 06 | 8:43 pm

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

Posted by: Jordan on Feb 13, 06 | 5:40 pm

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!

Posted by: Tom on Feb 14, 06 | 4:26 am

i like it

Posted by: angka on Feb 15, 06 | 2:24 pm

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

Posted by: christobell on Feb 16, 06 | 12:45 pm

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

Posted by: Natalie on Feb 16, 06 | 6:09 pm

you mean pedro off of napolion dinamite?

Posted by: cheyenne s on Mar 06, 06 | 12:36 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!

Posted by: Konami on Sep 09, 09 | 6:31 pm

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