The first Olympic mascot appeared at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Since then, mascots have become a main element of the Olympic image. Mascots act as a vehicle for communicating the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children and youth. They have come in many shapes and sizes, though they all convey the theme of the Olympic Games, showcase the distinctive geographical features, history and culture of the host city.
Before 1992, most Olympic mascots were created based on a animal unique to the host countries. Since then, human or invented figures have been used, and often more than one mascot - the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games had three and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games had two, Beijing had 5 and London has gone back to two.
Syd, Olly and Millie 2000
Athena and Phevos 2004
fuwa, beibei, jingjing, huanhuan, and yingying, 2008
finally 2012 Games Named Wenlock and Mandeville