History of the Sochi 2014 Olympic symbols
Talismans of the Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, were chosen February 26, 2011 during the final vote on the First Channel. That viewers decided the fate of the first three places. And before that, it took an intermediate stage of selection. In a lively discussion on what the talisman the most suitable for the Olympics in Sochi, attended by millions of Russian citizens.
The difficult path to glory Sochi residents as early as 2008, long before the announcement of the national competition, have already made their choice. They really liked the work Yaroslavl artist Olga Belyaeva, depicting the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin on skis. However, many Russians did not share their opinion, it is reasonable considering that the dolphin may not be a symbol of winter and winter sports. September 1, 2010 was officially declared a national competition of the Olympics mascots. In just a few months of its organizing committee has received over 24 thousand works sent literally from all over Russia. The talent of our people manifested itself fully. a variety of options for mascots, including the fantastic creatures and abstract compositions were created. Expert jury had a hard time. The more that the view of its members at times at odds with the opinion of visitors to the site "Talisman Sochi-2014". For example, the undisputed leader of People's Choice Award was the work of Muscovite E. Zhgun - mascot "Zoycha" depicting Anura. However, the panel of judges, headed by Konstantin Ernst Zoycha not made the list of finalists, announced December 21, 2010. The same fate befell the second most popular version of the mascot - "Mitten". "Rejection" Santa Claus By the final vote were made 11 different mascots for the Olympic Games and 3 variants - for the Paralympics. Soon, however, the mascot Santa Claus created by representatives of the tourism business, with the support of the Vologda regional administration, was excluded from the list of finalists. The fact that the mascot of the Olympic Games becomes the property of the International Olympic Committee. But Father Christmas - one of the symbols of Russia (albeit informal). This fact somehow was not considered before. In the vote was attended by almost half a million viewers. 28.2% of the votes received Leopard, created by Vadim Pak from Nakhodka, 18,3% - Polar Bear, authored by Oleg Heart of Sochi, and 16.4% - Bunny, the creation of Sylvia Petrova Chuvash village New Buyanova. Paralympic Games mascots became Ray and Snowflake.