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Grenoble 1968 Olympic Games mascot

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Schuss, a little fellow with an oversized head and a single foot, in a schuss position, was the first mascot in the history of the Olympic Games. This character, produced on the occasion of the Grenoble Olympic Games, was created by Aline Lafargue from the “Films and Promotion” studios in Paris. It must be underlined, however, that Schuss was not an official mascot – Waldi the dachshund, the emblem of the 1972 Munich OG, has the honour of being the first mascot to be officially recognised by the IOC. However, even though Schuss did not have an official status, he will remain in people’s memories as the founder of a line of sympathetic characters which are inextricably linked to the Games: the Olympic mascots.

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