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Olly, mascot for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics

Description: Meet, Olly, the kookaburra. What is a kookaburra you ask? It is a brownish kingfisher (bird) that lives in Australia, the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Games, played in Sydney, are especially symbolic as they marked the first global Olympic union in the 21st century. The three mascots include, Olly, named for the Olympics, Syd, named for Sydney, Australia and Millie, named for the new Millennium. The colors of the mascots represent land, air and water. The grandfather of all Olympic mascots is an unofficial mascot named Schuss", a cartoon-like character on skis who appeared in Grenoble in 1968. "Waldi" the dachshund (a popular Bavarian dog) was the first official mascot and appeared in the 1972 Munich Summer Games. Mascots, conceptualized by the host country of the Olympic Games, often reflect the symbolism, beliefs and spirit of that country.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Olympics
Olympic Games (27th : 2000 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Stuffed animals (Toys)

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