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Izzy the Abstract Figure - 1996 Summer Games
Four years later, the Olympic organizers doubled down on the tradition of mascots that look nothing like anything with the premiere of Izzy. Now remember, this was a simpler time, a time when a talking paperclip giving you word processing advice was considered cutting edge technology. So in that vein, a computer animated amorphic reject from the Saturday morning cartoon line-up fits right in.