Did you know the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot was announced to the world on this day in 2018?
To help SOMEITY celebrate this momentous day, we take a look back at its origins as well as every single mascot to have graced the Paralympic stage.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot is quite a cool character, with mighty powers and cherry blossom tactile sensors. SOMEITY can use the sensors on the sides of its head for telepathic powers, fly using its Ichimatsu-pattern cape and even move objects without touching them.
SOMEITY has a calm and quiet presence, guided by great inner strength, but can display superpowers that embody the toughness and determination of the Paralympic athletes. SOMEITY loves being in nature, and can communicate with natural elements, such as stones and the wind.
The name SOMEITY comes from "Someiyoshino" — a popular type of cherry blossom — and the phrase "so mighty". SOMEITY can show enormous mental and physical strength, representing Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and redefine the boundaries of possibility.
Previous Paralympic mascots
The fun started all the way back in 1980 when Noggi and Joggi, a pair of t-shirt wearing squirrels, captured the public’s hearts at the Arnhem Paralympic Games. Since then we’ve seen a Scandinavian troll, a red and green eared rabbit, a frill-necked lizard, and so many more wonderful creations bring joy, fun and a touch of mischief to the Games.
Take a trip down memory lane by looking through the gallery below:
Date: 2018 PYEONGCHANG
The mascot for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games was an Asiatic black bear named “Bandabi.” The black bear often appears in Korean folk tales and is closely associated with the Korean people and their culture. In Korea, the bear is symbolic of strong will and courage, and the Asiatic Black Bear is also the symbol animal of Gangwon Province, where the PyeongChang 2018 Games were held.
Date: 2016 RIO
Tom, the Paralympic mascot of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, is a unique mixture of the Brazilian flora. He is able to constantly transform, with determination and joy derived from growing and overcoming obstacles. He can pull a diverse array of items from his large head of leaves and use them to solve even the most difficult of problems.
Date: 2014 SOCHI
Name: Ray of Light and Snowflake
Ray of Light and Snowflake were the mascots of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Ray of Light comes from a different planet that is perpetually hot, while Snowflake hails from a planet that is perpetually cold. Together the two mascots invented the sports of ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.
Date: 2012 LONDON
Mandeville is one half of the mascot team Wenlock and Mandeville that were created for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The pair’s body is made of polished steel to reflect the appearances and personalities of people they meet. Their eyes are cameras and the yellow lights on their foreheads are reminiscent of the lamps used by London taxis.
Date: 2010 VANCOUVER
The mascot for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games was Sumi, who was modelled on an American black bear. The name “Sumi” refers to a guardian spirit, and the mascot protected all who took part in the Games with its arms that are actually the wings of the thunderbird and its legs that are those of a black bear.
Date: 2008 BEIJING
Name: Fu Niu Lele
The cow Fu Niu Lele was selected as the mascot for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The mascot’s name literally means “Good Luck! (Fu), Cow (Niu) and Happiness (Lele)”. Fu Niu Lele was chosen only after the original 87 designs for a mascot were all rejected for various reasons.
Date: 2006 TURIN
As snowflakes are unique, so too is each individual athlete participating in the Paralympic Games. This message is embodied by Aster, the mascot of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.
Date: 2004 ATHENS
Proteas the seahorse, designed by Spyros Gogos, was selected as the mascot of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. It was a departure from the design of previous mascots, and its designer sought to create what he felt best represented the nature of the competitions and the athletes’ constant goal to achieve excellence.
Date: 2002 SALT LAKE CITY
Otto the otter, the Paralympic mascot for the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games, was chosen because of the otter’s long association with the US State of Utah. Native American tribes once living there considered it to be one of the most powerful animals. Having nearly reached extinction in the early 20th century, otters were successfully reintroduced into the wild, and are now thriving once again.
Date: 2000 SYDNEY
Lizzy, the frilled-neck lizard was chosen as the mascot for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. The frill of the Paralympic mascot is coloured in green and gold and is shaped in the form of Australia, while the ochre body mirrors the colour of the land. Lizzy’s strength, determination and attitude symbolise all Paralympic athletes participating at the Games.
Date: 1998 NAGANO
For the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games, a white rabbit with one green and one red ear was selected. A competition was held among students to find a name for the Paralympic mascot, and the designation “Parabbit” was chosen from among 3,408 different entries.
Date: 1996 ATLANTA
Blaze is the name of the phoenix that was chosen as the mascot for the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games. He was selected not only as a symbol of renewal, perseverance and determination, but also due to the significance of the phoenix as a symbol for the city of Atlanta. The mascot personifies the will and determination of people with an impairment to achieve full and rewarding lives for themselves.
Date: 1994 LILLEHAMMER
Sondre the Troll, the mascot for the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, is based on the trolls depicted in Scandinavian folklore. The one-legged skiing troll was created as a result of a nationwide competition among schools. The name “Sondre” was chosen for the Paralympic mascot as a reference to Sondre Norheim, one of the pioneers of modern skiing.
Date: 1992 BARCELONA
Petra, the Paralympic mascot for the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, was designed by a well-known Spanish designer and illustrator. Petra is depicted as an honest, diplomatic, energetic and brave girl. She has no arms, which symbolises that she does not possess any weapons, and represents peace and harmony.
Date: 1992 ALBERTVILLE
Alpy, the mascot for the Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games, is shaped in the form of the glacier Grande Motte, a mountain that forms part of the Massif de la Vanoise. The Paralympic mascot is depicted on a monoski to highlight its athleticism and skill.
Date: 1988 SEOUL
The mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games were known as Gomdoori, with their name derived from the Korean word for “teddy bear”. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair are depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through cooperation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously.
Date: 1984 NEW YORK
Name: Dan D. Lion
The Paralympic mascot of the New York 1984 Paralympic Games was named Dan D. Lion. He wore running shoes and a jogging outfit. The name was chosen following a vote by students at a special education institution for children with severe physical impairments.
Date: 1980 ARNHEM
Name: Noggi and Joggi
The first ever Paralympic mascots, which featured at the Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games, were created through a competition held by the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO. The selected mascots were a pair of squirrels wearing t-shirts. The mascots featured on several Games-time souvenirs which proved extremely popular.