It was the first mascot to be officially recognised by the IOC in the history of the Olympic Games. Waldi, the multi-coloured dachshund, was created for the Munich 1972 Olympic Games. The story of his origins is an interesting one: he was sketched during the Organising Committee’s Christmas party on 15 December 1969. That evening, coloured pencils, paper and modelling clay had been made available to the participants to enable them to propose their ideas for a mascot.
The choice of the dachshund as the Olympic mascot could not have been better. As well as being a very popular animal in Bavaria, it is also known for its numerous qualities: resilience, tenacity and agility.