Two proposals inspired by the nature of Italy were revealed on 8 February at the Sanremo music festival, and a public survey was launched to help select the design of the Games mascots.
The Milano Cortina 2026 Organising
Committee has shortlisted two sets of designs of the official Paralympic and
Olympic Games mascots following a review of hundreds of ideas submitted by
schools across Italy.
The two proposals were presented on 8
February and revealed for the first time during the Sanremo music festival. A
public survey was also launched to select the design that will become a source
of inspiration for the official mascots of the Games.
Italian wheelchair fencing Paralympic
gold medallist Bebe Vio was part of a committee of experts who helped decide
the two designs.
Flowers and Siblings
The first design features an edelweiss and a snowdrop designed
by children from the Istituto Comprensivo A.B. SABIN of Segrate, Milan. The two
little flowers embark on a journey from the mountains to the city, while
learning to overcome obstacles and getting to know each other better.
By taking part in a journey full of
encounters, unexpected setbacks and hurdles to overcome, the edelweiss and the
snowdrop will become outstanding examples of the Paralympic and Olympic values.
They are two little flowers that overcome tremendous challenges to make it to
In the second design, we meet a pair of super-sporty
stoats that set off for the Winter Games with one goal - they aim to compete in
all disciplines by giving their best in every test. It was created by
schoolchildren from Istituto Comprensivo di Taverna in Catanzaro, Calabria in
the south of Italy, making a nationwide contest.
The twins believe that the Paralympic
and Olympic Games are for everyone, so there will be a place for two stoats who
are as good as any other athlete. During their journey to the Games, the
siblings will test their skills to master obstacles and unforeseen challenges,
displaying the character of true champions.
Choose your Favourite
Schools in Italy have done their part
by submitting hundreds of mascot proposals. Now it is your turn to join the Fan
Team of Milano Cortina 2026 to learn more about the two finalist duos and
choose your favourite pair.
You can vote here
The public voting process marks the
end of the school involvement phase in the mascot selection project. The
winning entry will be a source of inspiration for the eventual Games mascots
The finalists’ drawings were selected
from the many entries made by students of primary school classes from all over
Italy who participated in the ideas competition called “La scuola per le
Mascotte di Milano Cortina 2026.”
The initiative, launched by
Fondazione Milano Cortina 2026 and the Italian Ministry of Education in June
2021, focused on involving teachers and students in the Road to the Games,
encouraging the participation of young people in the spirit of the Paralympic
and Olympic values.
Approximately 400 applications and
1,600 project ideas were received, with 681 classes taking part and 82
institutes collectively authoring the graphic designs. A committee of experts
helped decide on the two designs.
The two designs were selected from hundreds of entries made by students of primary school classes from all over Italy
ⒸMilano Cortina 2026/ By Milano Cortina 2026 and IPC