London 2012 Mascots: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville: Photos
The London 2012 Mascots Have Been Unveiled - Meet Wenlock and Mandeville
Already causing a storm of controversy, the long-awaited mascots for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been unveiled and their names are Wenlock and Mandeville. The London 2012 website has a video about them, but let's take a closer look.
Both Wenlock and Mandeville are created from 'the last two drops of British steel used for the London 2012 Olympic stadium'.
Wenlock apparently gets his name from Much Wenlock in Shropshire, which is where the Much Wenlock Games were held in the 19th century. These games were inspired by the ancient Olympic Games from Greece and Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the modern Olympic Games was invited to the Much Wenlock Games.
The shape of Wenlock's head is inspired by the roof of the London Olympic stadium and the light on his head is like that of a black taxi; an iconic London symbol. The three points on his head represent the Olympic podium where the athletes stand to get their medals.
Wenlock loves all Olympic sports and wears friendship bracelets on his wrists that are the colors of the Olympic rings.
Mandeville is more closely tied to the Paralympics and got his name from Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, where the first Paralympic Games were held. It was in 1948 that Sir Ludwig Guttmann held his own Games for WWII soldiers with spinal injuries on the same day that the 1948 London Olympic Games opened.
These Games grew in to the Paralympic Games.
Mandeville also has a light on the top of his head from the London taxis and the three points on top of his head represent the Paralympic emblem. He is described as a 'spirit in motion' and is always rushing around so he has to be aerodynamic.
He has a personal best timer on his wrist.
View some photos of the London 2012 Mascots below - what do you think of them?
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