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Olympians to Watch: The Snowlets

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 Sukki, Nokki, Tsukki and Lekki (clockwise from upper left) were chosen to represent the Games because owls are cherished around the world as the embodiment of wisdom.
Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki might look like simple creatures, but their creation required hours of thought.

They were designed to have a warmer feel than Izzy (formerly Whatizit) from the Atlanta Games, which seemed too cold to love and just silly enough to make fun of.

The Snowlets are owls, chosen by Nagano organizers because owls are cherished around the world as the embodiment of wisdom. Also, as protected creatures, they offer a fitting symbol for this environmentally conscious Games.

Having a set of four emphasizes the four-year Olympic cycle and the four seasons of the year.

Calling them Snowlets incorporates a feeling of the Winter Games as well as an invitation — "lets" — for the whole world to get involved.

Taking the first "S" from Sukki and combining it with the first two letters of the rest of the names gives you "Snowlets."

(Actually, it gives you Snolets, but you can add your own "W.")

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