Rio 2016 could feature mascots based on bossa nova legends

Recently Brazil hosted arguably the most exciting World Cup, which, produced many records and surprises. The culture of the country  had a huge impact of the successful showcasing of the tournament;Brazilians have a passion for football and cultural elements, such as the music and the people, helped to make the atmosphere more inviting and enjoyable.


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As a result, there is much anticipation for the upcoming Olympics and Paralympic games to be held in Rio, 2016, because of the atmosphere Brazil has proven to generate when it comes to sporting events. Already, in some of the executions for the preparation for the games there is evidence of Brazil’s rich culture being implemented in various forms. The mascots for the two events are symbolic representations of the lifestyle and environment, and their names are tributes to notary individuals that helped to make known a music genre originated in the country to the world.

Meet Vinicius

vinicius mascot

Vinicius: The Mascot


The name Vinicius contains a rich legacy and is popularly known in most parts of Brazil. It is the name of the legendary poet and Brazilian composer instrumental in the premier development of the Bossa Nova music genre. Bossa Nova was birthed during the 1950s and 60s and is now one of the most popular Brazilian music genres internationally. A poll open to the Brazilian public resulted in the majority deciding to name the Olympic mascot after their legend, who originated form the neighborhood of Gavea. Having initially causing much confusion as to its identity or nature, the mascot is commonly described as a combination of a feline, monkey and other Brazilian creatures. Despite opinion differences on what the mascot is, Vinicius, decorated in his country’s national colors represents the rich fauna and wildlife of Brazil, and his cool and fun outwardly appearance summarizes the essence of Bossa Nova and the Brazilian lifestyle.

Meet Tom


Tom: The Mascot


The Paralympic mascot is named after the irreplaceable Antonio “Tom” Carlos Jobim, regarded by many as the primary force behind the development of Bossa Nova, and, widely remembered for hit composition “The Girl From Ipanema”. Tom, whose head is covered in leaves, depicts the rich vegetation of the country, and, like his Olympic companion, symbolizes the cool, relaxing and fun loving vibe of the music and lifestyle of the people.

As Brazil welcomes the Olympics and Paralympics to the country for the first time, excitement heightens as the time draws near, promising to be a rich experience for participants and viewers worldwide.

External Links

Official Site for Rio 2016