With the 2012 Olympic Games set to begin in just over a week in London, it’s time we met with this year’s official mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville.
As you will find out in the video below, both characters were originally drops of steel that fell from a piece of the London Olympic stadium during construction in Bolton. They were then brought back home by a worker, before setting off on a rainbow for their Olympic quest. Wenlock, the official Olympic mascot, was named after a Shropshire town called Much Wenlock, where a forerunner to the modern Olympic Games used to take place in the middle of the 19th century.
Mandeville, the representative of the Paralympic Games, which will take place from August 29th until September 9th, got his name from the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where the Stoke Mandeville Games, a competition which led to the creation of the Paralympic Games, used to take place.
These two metallic poppets will welcome the world in London at the opening ceremony on July 27th but you can get a glimpse of what they look like in action in this video…
Stay tuned on the live Orange blog for a review of previous Olympic mascots soon !