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Beijing 2022: Check out these Olympic and Paralympic Games' mascots

The official mascots of the next Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games have just been revealed. Check them out and see how well you know the mascots from previous games.
In 2022, Beijing, the capital city of China will host the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. And here are the official mascots! For the Olympics it's the animal that China is most famous for - a panda, named Bing Dwen Dwen. For the Paralympic Games it's a red lantern - something you'll often see at Chinese celebrations - called Shuey Rhon Rhon.
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Miraitowa (left) is the official mascot of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and Someity (right) is the official mascot of the 2020 Summer Paralympics. The design on both mascots was inspired by the official logo for next year's Games. Both fictional characters have various superpowers, such as teleportation.
Mascots of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.Getty Images
Let's take a look back at some of the mascots from previous Games. No Olympic or Paralympic Games would be complete without huge cuddly mascots! White tiger Soohorang represented the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and black bear Bandabi represented the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. Both events took place in South Korea in East Asia.
Mascots of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter GamesGetty Images
In 2016 we saw a lot of Vinicius, here in yellow, who represented the 2016 Olympics and Tom, in blue, who represented the 2016 Paralympics. Both took place in Brazil in South America.
Mascots of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic GamesGetty Images
The Winter Olympics had an unofficial mascot in 1968. Then from 1976, when the winter games were in Austria, Europe, they have always had an official mascot. These are the mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which took place in Sochi, Russia. They were a polar bear, a hare and a leopard.
Mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympic GamesGetty Images
In the same year Ray of Light, in the picture here, along with Snowflake, represented the Paralympics. The Paralympic Games got their first mascot in 1980 when the Games were held in Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Mascots of the 2014 Winter Paralympic GamesGetty Images
If you remember the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics that took place in the UK, then you'll recognise Olympic mascot Wenlock, on the left, and Paralympic mascot Mandeville, on the right. Wenlock is named after the town in Shropshire which holds an event which inspired the modern Olympic Games. Wenlock's pal Mandeville is named after the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire where the idea for the Paralympic Games began.
Mascots of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic GamesReuters
Meet Quatchi and Miga, mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada. Furry brown Quatchi is a sasquatch, a character from local legend who lives in the forest and Miga is a sea bear, a mythical animal that is part whale and part bear. The 2010 Paralympic Games had a mascot called Sumi.
Mascots of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter GamesGetty Images
Mascots come in all shapes and sizes and the 2008 Olympics in China had five of them - Beibei, Jingjing, HuanHuan, Yingying and Nini. Linking the first part of their names forms the sentence “Welcome to Beijing” (Bei Jing Huan Ying Nin). A cow called Fu Niu Lele was the mascot of the 2008 Paralympic Games.
Mascots of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic GamesGetty Images
Meet Neve and Gliz, they were the mascots for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. In Italian “neve” means snow and “gliz” is “ghiaccio” shortened, which means ice.
Mascots of the 2006 Olympic Winter GamesGetty Images
Brother and sister Phevos and Athena represented the 2004 Olympic Games. They took place in Athens in Greece, where the first modern Olympics also took place, back in 1896.
Mascots of the 2004 Olympic GamesGetty Images
Meet Powder, Coal and Copper - mascots of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USA. More than 42,000 schoolchildren gave their advice on the mascots' names and then the organisers held a national vote to decide the final choices.
Mascots of the 2002 Olympic Winter GamesGetty Images
The first Olympic mascots of the 21st century were these three creatures - a duck-billed platypus, a kookaburra and a spiny anteater - representing the games in Sydney, Australia back in the year 2000. Their names were Syd, for Sydney, Olly for Olympics and Millie for millennium.
Mascots of the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic GamesGetty Images