|The 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona were widely seen as a successful rejuvenation of that city as a tourist destination. Plus, Cobi the Catalan Sheepdog mascot was pretty cute. The Albertville, France Winter Olympics featured a stylized flame logo, which at least was more creative than what the Canadians came up with for Calgary. A mountain goat named Chamois was originally going to be the mascot of the Albertville Games, but no one really liked it, so they came up with Magique, a snow imp.|
Why did they even bother? The team behind the Calgary Olympic logo were clearly a bunch of hosers who saw the Sarajevo logo and said, “Hmmm, red snowflake thing, let’s just copy that.” Even worse, they picked a bear mascot, which was also done already. Seriously, there are other animals in Canada besides beavers and bears, right? Like, you guys have the Moose, don’t you?
|Halfway between the Tokyo Olympics and this year’s Beijing Olympics, South Korea enjoyed the Olympic spotlight. While a few nations, including North Korea, boycotted the games, participation was much higher than in the last two olympiads. While the Korean government hoped the games would legitimize Korea as a new economic and political power, it backfired somewhat. Protests in 1987 forced the President out of power and led to direct elections and the transition to democracy in Korea.|