You may have seen our wonderful Winter World Masters Games mascots walking around town and up in the mountains this week. These extra special guests have joined us to motivate and keep spirits high and they’ve certainly done a fantastic job!
Have you ever wondered where mascots originate from? The word ‘mascot’ originates from the French word ‘mascotte’ meaning LUCKY CHARM. It is believed the Chicago Cubs began the mascot tradition by using a stuffed baby bear. However, for reasons still unknown they switched to a live bear during later seasons. As times began to change the idea of using animals as mascots became frowned upon and people have since dressed in animal suits to entertain and serve their team.
So, let me introduce you to our loveable family of Alpine chamois mascots for the Winter World Masters Games 2020.
Joe – You will have definitely seen Joe up on stage at the silent disco. Joe loves to dance and to be at the centre of all the action. You can find him today at the Men Ice Hockey Final in Olympiaworld from 1.30pm. He may even put some skates on himself! Who knows!?
Hanni – Hanni is Joe’s wife and spends a lot of her time over in Seefeld as cross-country skiing and Biathlon are her favourite things to watch! You can also catch her later with Joe at the medal ceremonies in the Winter Village.
Yosi – Real name Josefine (Traditional Tyrolean Name). You may not have seen Yosi around so much as she has been up at the Tyrolean School Winter Games supporting the youngsters in their competitions. Yosi is a real Tyrolean Alpine chamois and I had the honour of being the official mascot for the 2016 ICG. By the way, Yosi actually means Yoggl‘s sister: Yoggl‘s Sister…YoSi.
Yoggl - With Yoggl the family quartet is complete. Yoggl is Yosi's big brother and the son of Hanni and Joe. He has been working as a mascot since the YOG 2012 and can therefore look back on a long career. Together the four are an unbeatable family with a big heart for all winter sports fans, volunteers, events and of course sports in all facets.