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2018 Olympic leaders settle on tame mascots

2018 Olympic leaders settle on tame mascots

There have been some strange Olympic mascots over the years.

Remember the bug-eyed creature – originally called “Whatzit” – from the 1996 Atlanta Games? Or the eerily amorphous cyclops from London four years ago?

The organizers of the 2018 Winter Games have selected something a little tamer and more recognizable.

Plump, fuzzy versions of a white tiger named Soohorang and an Asiatic black bear named Bandabi will represent the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“The white tiger is a great choice for mascot,” said Gunilla Lindberg, an International Olympic Committee official. “It’s a beautiful animal,...