Voice: Mrs Peak, Form 3 A’s NET, organises a Show and Tell once a month for the class. During the student’s speech, Mrs Peak is allowed to ask questions, but the rest of the class have to keep their questions until the end of the talk. Today it's Freddie’s turn. Listen to his talk and then answer the questions about what you've heard.
Freddie: Good morning, everybody. I'm really pleased to be giving this talk today and I hope you'll find it interesting. First of all, I need to introduce someone. He's been waiting patiently in my backpack to meet you. Now it's time to get him out. Here he is. Looking at him, you might think he's just an ordinary toy stuffed bear, but you’d be wrong. He's a very special bear. This is Misha, and he was the official mascot for the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980. My talk today is going to be about Olympic mascots.
Mrs Peak: So, how old is Misha?
Freddie: It's his birthday soon, and he will be thirty-two years old. Misha was the first Olympic mascot to really capture the world's imagination. There had been mascots before the Moscow Games, but they hadn't been a big part of the event. Don't you think he's cuddly and cute? And he doesn't look his age, does he?
Mrs Peak: How did you get Misha?
Freddie: Well, a friend of my grandfather's was a runner, he competed at the Olympics and he brought Misha back for my mum. She passed him onto me. I love him to bits! My mum has been really interested in Olympic mascots since Misha came to live with us, and she started collecting and making a scrapbook about all the mascots since 1980. I've brought that with me today for you all to have a look at.
Mrs Peak: Have you got any more cuddly toy mascots?
Freddie: Yes, we have cuddly toy versions of all the mascots that have appeared since 1980. Some of them were very difficult to get hold of. But I’ve only brought four with me today: as well as Misha, I’ve brought Sam the Eagle from the Los Angeles Games, Cobi the Spanish dog and the Beijing Mascots who you all know. I’ve brought photos of the others though. Luckily, I have a cousin who lives in London, so he's going to get me the London 2012 mascot stuffed toy to add to our collection.
Mrs Peak: Let’s meet the other mascots now, Freddie.
Freddie: This is Sam the Eagle from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Sam is a bald eagle - The bald eagle is the national bird of the USA. He is dressed in red, white and blue, the colours of the American flag. Sam was designed by an artist who worked for the Walt Disney Corperation.
Mrs Peak: I believe the 1988 Olympics were in South Korea.
Freddie: That’s right, miss. And the mascots were Hodori and Hosuni, two cute tiger cubs. Here's their photograph. Next: This is Cobi, a sheep dog from the mountains. He was the mascot for Barcelona in 1992. Now look at this photo. This is Izzy, a made-up animal and he was the mascot for Atlanta in 1996. What do you think of him? He wasn’t popular, at all. People really disliked him. He is the only Olympic mascot so far who’s been a failure with the public.
Mrs Peak: Who followed Izzy?
Freddie: The 2000 Olympics were in Sydney, Australia, and there were three official mascots. Syd was a platypus, Olly was a kookaburra and Millie was an echidna, an Aussie mammal that is covered in spikes. And finally, the last two mascots I’ve brought with me are Athena, a female Greek doll and Phevos, a male doll. This brother and sister represented the Olympic Games when they returned to Athens in 2004.
Mrs Peak: Thanks very much, Freddie. That’s been interesting. Right, any questions?