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London 2012 has introduced its official mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville.Wenlock is on the left, Mandeville is on the right. Or rather: Mandeville is the one with crotchless pants, Wenlock is not.
As you can imagine, picking actual one-eyed monsters as its official mascots has opened London to international ridicule. Even more so than normal. But, sadly, having cyclops Teletubbies with fins for hands is not out of the norm for Olympics mascots.
Really. Take a look at other recent Olympics mascots.
His triple battle axle was flawless, but the lack of pig blood in his routine is gonna cost him some points.
For two weeks every four years, Olympians dominate the world stage. But then they quickly fade back into oblivion. What became of all the stars of the Vancouver Olympics after the Games ended?
SportsPickle takes a look.
China's medal count at the Vancouver Olympics stands at nine good for 9th place overall, 23 medals behind the United States. But the Chinese people are hearing very different news from their government.
Here is a copy of an account of the Games released today by the Chinese Government.
Russia won the women's biathlon relay at the Vancouver Olympics yesterday thanks to a clutch final leg by Olga Zaitseva in which she set aside her rifle and instead completely destroyed the targets with accurately tossed grenades.
"It's all about knowing the rules," said Zaitseva. "There's nothing in the rulebook that bans grenades or other explosives."
And Zaitseva is correct. The guidelines for Olympic biathlon, in which competitors cross-country ski and shoot rifles at targets, spells out the specific kind of rifle that can be used in great detail. But nowhere in the rules does it state that a competitor may not switch out a rifle with another weapon, such as a slingshot, grenade, or shoulder rocket-launcher.
"It was an oversight," said Pelle Hefrensson, director of the Biathlon Federation International (BFI). "And what the Russians did may not be in the spirit of the competition especially when Olga used her last grenades to destroy the finish line area, preventing the other teams from finishing. But we can't punish them for knowing the rules. We'll just adjust for the 2014 Olympics."
Hefrensson and the BFI will likely be met with objections from the IOC.
"I guess I'm not a biathlon purist," said IOC chief Jacques Rogge. "But that was easily the most exciting biathlon I've ever seen. By a mile. Instead of writing more restrictive rules, I say we open the sport up to bigger and more destructive weapons. Grenades, bazookas. I'd like to give everyone a taser. Trying to pass me during the cross country skiing part? BOOM! Tased. So awesome."
The Russian team was not available for comment after the event, as they disappeared following the medal ceremony behind the cover of a smoke bomb.