Since the appearance of the first mascots at the Olympic Games the IOC always name "Waldi" as the first official mascot from Munich 1972. They decided to declare "Shuss" four years before, from Grenoble 1968 as an unofficial mascot". I do not agree with this decision for the following reason. To become an "official Olympic mascot" the following criterias must be fullfield:
The first appearance of an mascot during the Olympic Games was "Smoky" In Los Angeles 1932. Born in the Olympic Village just before the games, Smoky was success because he was real, and most importantly, adorable. Smoky was a little black dog wearing a dogcoat with the Olympic rings on it and written the word "mascot".
The first Olympic mascot that fulfills all criterias mentioned above is Shuss in Grenoble 1968. A little man on skis, half-way between an object and a person, it was the first manifestation of a
long line of mascots which would not stop. Since then, mascots have become the most popular and memorable ambassadors of the Olympic Games. An original image, the mascot has the job of giving
concrete form to the Olympic spirit, spreading the values highlighted at each edition of the Games; promoting the history and culture of the host city; and giving the event a festive atmosphere.
The Games mascots over the years have all been examples of ingenuity, imagination and artistic creativity.