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2012 Olympic mascots unveiled in London

05-20-2010 11:34 BJT

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The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots have been unveiled in London. Inspired by a children's author, Wenlock and Mandeville made their international debut and it's hoped they will inspire thousands to take up sport.

The two mascots are based on a story by top children's author Michael Morpurgo, in which they are formed by a welder from the last drops of steel from the final girder added to the new Olympic Stadium. An animated film tells the story of their creation, bringing the figures to life and changing their appearances to imitate high profile Olympic athletes including Usain Bolt and Tom Daley. The film shows them leaving on a journey that will take them across Britain from now until 2012, with youngsters given the opportunity to decide the places that the two mascots will visit. The London organizers are optimistic the pair can capture the imagination of the public and have an positive impact in the run up to the games.

London 2012 launches Olympic mascot Wenlock(L) and Paralympic mascot Mandeville on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The two cartoon animations were created from the last drops of steel left over from the construction of the final support girder for the Olympic Stadium. (Xinhua Photo)
London 2012 launches Olympic mascot Wenlock(L) and Paralympic mascot 
Mandeville on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The two cartoon animations were 
created from the last drops of steel left over from the construction 
of the final support girder for the Olympic Stadium. (Xinhua Photo)

Sebastian Coe, Locog Chairman, said, "I think it will help us continue to build the fan base, whether it's about recruiting our volunteers throughout the course of the summer, whether it was the ticket sign on a few weeks ago when millions of people were excited about wanting to be in our venues. Understanding a little bit more about the demands for the sport, being excited that over four hundred thousand of those people on the website indicated an interest for paralympic sport. Whether it's just a way of building that fan base, building the excitement but specifically pulling young people into this journey."

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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