Peremohy Sqaure, Kyiv, Ukraine

This is Misha. Full name Mikhail Potapych Toptygin. He is a brown bear. He wears a weight-lifting belt. And he was the mascot of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Misha travelled the world to promote the games. And he even travelled into space with two cosmonauts. Which probably makes him the most-travelled of all brown, belt-wearing bears. His popularity continued long after the close of the games, and he went on to appear in films and cartoons and was tucked under the arm of many a Soviet tot. Perhaps best of all, though, is his Olympic champions’ song…

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