Here they are, world – Vinicius and Tom, the new Olympic Mascots for the 2016 Rio games! Look at those adorable and mischievous little faces. How could anyone see the two of them and not burst out in smiles?
The “biographies” of the mascots say they were born “out of the explosion of joy following the announcement on the day in 2009 when Brazil found out they’d be hosting the 2016 games.” Vinicius is a composite of all the Brazilian animals, and Tom’s representin’ all the plants. Their mission? “To spread joy throughout the world and celebrate the friendships that flourish between people from all over the planet at this incredible sporting event.” Wow! I love how their names were chosen by Brazilian vote: they pay homage to two great composers of Brazil: Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, the creators of Bossa Nova. They wrote “The Girl from Impanema.” It was a big hit circa 1960 and introduced a dance craze.
Two mascots, named after Brazilians who created the Bossa Nova! I have a feeling these particular Olympic Games are going to be absolutely spectacular. I can already imagine what an Opening Ceremony they’re going to have. The event starts on August 5, not a moment too soon, since we all know the world needs to start coming together at this moment in time. Vinicius and Tom, teach us how to do the Bossa Nova, and let the Games begin!
Here’s “The Girl from Impanema”: