London Organizers Unveil Olympic, Paralympic Mascots

Organizers of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games today unveiled the events' mascots.

Wenlock, the Olympics mascot, and Mandeville, the Paralympics mascot, are metallic-colored, one-eyed creatures formed from left-over drops of the steel used to build London's Olympic Stadium, according to a news release from London organizers.

Mandeville is named for the city of Stoke Mandeville and Stoke Mandeville hospital, known for its extensive spinal cord injuries department and for the athletic games originally held there after World War II. Those games, organized by Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, are considered the forerunner of the modern Paralympic Games.

The mascots were revealed 800 days before the start of the Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games take place at the same London venue starting on Aug. 29, 2012.

To see the mascots or sign up for Paralympics news updates, go to london2012.com.

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