Moscow 1980 – Mascot Misha (Mikhail Potapych Toptygin)

Designer: Viktor Chizhikov


The mascot of the Moscow Olympics was chosen with the help of a public opinion poll conducted jointly by the editorial boards of the TV programme "V mire zhivotnykh" (Animal World) and the newspaper Sovetski Sport (Soviet Sport). The majority of the 45,000 letters received suggested a bear. A group of artists, recommended by the Artists' Union of the USSR, worked out 60 graphic versions. The bear—called Misha—submitted by artist V. Chizhikov from Moscow, was selected as the mascot of the Moscow Games. Chizhikov's design was translated into several graphic representations — one in contour (author V. Stupin), one adapted for the different sports (E. Migunov), and a three-dimensional model (V. Ropov).


AQUATICS

ARCHERY

ATHLETICS

BASKETBALL

BOXING



CANOEING

CYCLING

EQUESTRIAN

FENCING

FOOTBALL



GYMNASTICS

HANDBALL

HOCKEY

JUDO

MODERN PENTATHLON



ROWING

SAILING

SHOOTING

VOLLEYBALL

WEIGHTLIFTING