The mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, came from Canadian mythology. Miga (left) was part killer whale and part kermode bear; Quatchi (center) was a friendly sasquatch (as in Bigfoot), and Sumi (right) was an animal guardian spirit. The trio also had a sidekick, not shown: Mukmuk, a Vancouver Island marmot.
The 2006 Turin Winter Olympic mascots Neve, at left, and Glitz perform during their presentation in Rome, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004. The Olympic mascots, representing a ball of snow and a block of ice, are designed by Portuguese designer Pedro Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Marianna Bertagnolli)
Syd the platypus, Millie the echidna and Olly the kookaburra, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Mascots, pose with volunteers at the Main Press Centre at Olympic Park, September 12, 2000. The mascots were created by Australian animator Matthew Hatton. (Photo by Claro Cortes/Reuters)
Members of the Russian Winter Olympic team pose for a photo with mascots Miga and Quatchi during a media tour of the Olympic Village in downtown Vancouver on February 9, 2010. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
The mascot Mukmuk in a shop in Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand athletes pose with Quatchi the mascot during the New Zealand flag raising ceremony at Olympic Plaza in the Athletes Village ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2010. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)