This time, The organizers chose Bing Dwen Dwen, designed by Cao Xue, from more than 5,800 designs submitted, according to the official website of the Olympics. Wrapped in a protective bandage that mimics an astronaut’s suit, Bing circled the bubble that was the Olympic Village.
The panda, once considered endangered, is native to China and is the country’s national animal. It has been used by the government as a diplomatic tool – much like the raccoons donated to zoos in the United States – and has been minted on government-issued gold coins. In 2008, when Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics, organizers selected a panda as one of the five official Fuwa dolls, or lucky dolls, to use as the mascot.
A committee consisting of representatives from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and Jilin University of the Arts chose Bing, which means “ice” in Mandarin. And Dwen Dwen translates as “strong and lively,” and represents children, according to the website.
The first Olympic mascot, Shuss, was created for the 1968 Olympics held in Grenoble, France. At the time, organizers referred to Shuss as a “character” rather than a mascot. Its crude depiction of a man plunging downhill on a skateboard is probably the result of it being made “in a hurry,” according to the Olympics website. The designer was assigned one night to design Shuss.
Since then, there have been 26 mascots for the Winter and Summer Olympics, including an American bald eagle anthropomorphized as Uncle Sam for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. One of the more famous ones is Cobi, a mountain dog from the Pyrenees painted in Cubism, for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/sports/olympics/bing-dwen-dwen-winter-olympics-mascot.html Wrapped in ice, the mascot for the Winter Olympics is a panda called Bing