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Izzy was the mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. It's name is a short term for it's internal name Whatizit. Izzy had a blue, tear-shaped "blob" with rings around his eyes and tail. He also wore high-top sneakers and had star-shaped pupils. His arms and legs were also short with a toothy grin showing both rows of teeth.

History with the Macy's Parade

Izzy had a balloon made after him which debuted in the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which depicted him holding a giant 28 foot Olympic torch. Izzy returned again in the 1994 Parade, this time promoting a live announcement for tickets for the Olympics, which would be May 1, 1995.

In that same year, Izzy was redesigned to look "more athletic" and so his balloon was also re-designed to use his modernized face. He has retired afterwards due to the Olympics ending before the 1996 Parade. He is very unlikely to ever return, as he is a discontinued mascot with a bad reputation.

Music

  • Atlanta Olympic Games Theme (1993-1995)

Incidents

  • In 1995, his left arm and hand were deflated due to his hand leaking helium.

Gallery

Gallery: Izzy

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