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GALLERY: The Sochi Polar Bear At His Best
February 19, 2014
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Olympic mascots don't have a great reputation, historically speaking. Remember the creepy, excessively phallic Wenlock and Mandeville from London 2012? Or Calgary's smiling Hidy and Howdy? Or Izzy, the notorious 1996 Atlanta Whatizit? Well, Sochi is no exception. This year's Games have three mascots: a leopard, a rabbit and a polar bear, each with their own personalities and suitably bizarre backstories. Howeever, it's the bear that's been stealing the show. It's a hard gig, but whoever's wearing that big furry bear suit at the Games is really bringing their A-game. Case in point: after Finland upset Russia in today's men's hockey quarter final, the Sochi Bear (not-so-affectionately known to some as "Nightmare Bear") sat alone and dejected in the stadium, letting his true emotions be known to all (on Twitter at least). In the gallery above, a collection of some of the his most endearing and entertaining moments thus far.

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