London’s mascots

Mascot for the Paralympic Games

The mascots for the 2012 Summer Games are inspired by British sports history.


Olympic mascot

Named for Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire • On the opening day of the 1948 Games, also held in London, Sir Ludwig Guttman held a sports competition in Stoke Mandeville for World War II soldiers with spinal injuries, starting the Paralympics
© 2012 MCT

Named after Much Wenlock in Shropshire • Baron Pierre de Coubertin got the idea to found the modern Olympic movement in the 19th century after watching the Much Wenlock Games, which echoed the ancient Greek Olympics
Source: The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd Graphic: Pat Carr

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