Mascots are a special, yet often overlooked, component of the Olympics.
Since 1968, a cute creature has been designed for each of the games and plastered all over merchandise. In the grand internet tradition of ranking things, it's only fitting that we examine the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most beloved Olympic mascots and see how they stack up.
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25 Izzy : Atlanta 1996
I'm Izz-AY and I'm here to part-AY Image: AFP/Getty Images Izzy is here for one reason and one reason only: to party. Though he was apparently selected by a group of children , Izzy looks more like he belongs in the halls of a frat house. Read more... More about Olympics , Culture , Mascots , Winter Olympics , and Culture