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LONDON 2012 MASCOTS

Wenlock and Mandeville were created from the last drops of steel left over from the construction of the final support beam for the Olympic Stadium. An animated film, based on a story by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, shows how the figures were brought to life and are able to reflect and adapt to their surroundings.

The mascots’ names reflect the UK’s rich Olympic and Paralympic histories. Wenlock’s name is inspired by the Shropshire village of Much Wenlock, which helped inspire the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to create the Olympic Games.

Mandeville’s name is inspired by Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire. The Stoke Mandeville Games, widely recognised as a forerunner of the modern Paralympic movement, were first held at the hospital there.

Wenlock and Mandeville will now go on separate journeys, often crossing paths and meeting people all over the country inspiring them to choose sport as they head towards the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

A national schools competition has been launched to determine where Wenlock and Mandevilles journeys take them next.

Wenlock and Mandeville were designed by London creative agency Iris, following an intensive selection process that included nationwide focus groups of young people, families and industry experts.*

*adapted from: http://www.london2012.com/news/articles/2010/05/london-2012-mascots-launched-to-the-world.html

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