BK - The Boxing Kangaroo, Australian Team Mascot
The Boxing Kangaroo has a huge amount of self-confidence and epitomises the Australian fighting spirit. This unrelenting "have a go" Aussie spirit makes him hugely popular with all Australians.
He is not a lout, nor is he aggressive or arrogant. He is, however, assertive when it comes to defending his country's glory.
This famous Aussie icon, known affectionately as "BK", has become synonymous with Australia's proud sporting heritage and has become arguably Australia's favourite supporter mascot. The BK flag represents a powerful green and gold visual that symbolises Australia's confident approach to sport.
He is not aligned to any particular sport and, although he has been adopted as the official mascot for the Australian Olympic Team, BK can be seen at any sporting event, and many cultural ones, where Australia is participating.
BK represents the positive values and virtues of sport: aspiration, positive attitude, sportsmanship, pride, individual responsibility, respect and expression. These same qualities are what drive Australia's pursuit of success on the international sporting stage.
The Polar Bear, the Hare and the Leopard - Sochi 2014 Games Mascots
The Polar Bear, the Hare and the Leopard are the official mascots of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The competition to create the mascots ran in 2010. Over 24,000 entries were received and more than a million people followed the competition online. A panel of expert judges created a shortlist of 10 sets of mascots for the Olympics and a team of artists and animators made cartoon images of the suggestions.
In February 2011 it was their time to shine! The mascots were presented to the nation and the winning mascot was announced on live TV after a national text message poll. The mascots were chosen to reflect a unique aspect of Russian culture, something that is close to the heart and instantly recognisable to millions of people around the world. Three mascots were chosen to represent the three places on the Olympic podium. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Movement, a whole nation took part in the selection of its Olympic mascot.
The Polar Bear
Beyond the Arctic Circle on a shelf of ice there lives a polar bear. In his home, everything is made out of ice and snow: his snow shower, his bed, his computer and even his weightlifting equipment. The polar bear was brought up by Arctic explorers from a very early age. It was they who taught him skiing, speed skating and curling. But above all the polar bear enjoyed riding sports sleighs. He became a real bobsleigh pro, while his fellow bears, along with the seals and fur seals, love watching his sporting achievements. These days they often set up bobsleigh competitions together and during the long Arctic nights, there’s never a dull moment!
The Hare is the busiest creature in the winter forest. Her friends are always amazed: just how does she find the time to do so much! For the little doe hare not only studies at the Forest Academy (where she gets excellent grades) and helps her Mum in the family restaurant, “The Forest Dam”, but also takes part in all manner of sporting events. The little doe hare trusts her friends so much that she doesn’t have any secrets. She simply loves sport with all her heart. And she also loves to sing and dance.
The Leopard is a rescuer and mountain-climber who lives in the uppermost branches of a huge tree, on the highest peak of the snowy mountains in the Caucasus. He is always prepared to help those in need, and on a number of occasions has rescued nearby villages from mighty avalanches. The Leopard is an experienced snowboarder and has taught all his friends and neighbors to snowboard too. He is a cheerful character who enjoys the company of others and loves to go dancing.