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Meet Soohorang & Bandabi — the PyeongChang 2018 mascots

Soohorang and Bandabi mascots

The official mascots of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Soohorang and Bandabi. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Soohorang — Olympic Mascot

Soohorang is the trustworthy white tiger who is the official mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

a white tiger

A white tiger at the zoo. (Photo credit: Fotografik33 - on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND)

White tigers have long been considered the guardians and protectors of Korea so it’s fitting that Soohorang was chosen as the mascot to protect the athletes, spectators and other participants at the 2018 Games. Soohorang’s name is a combo of the words sooho, which means 'protection', and rang, which is the middle letter of the word tiger (Ho-rang-i) in Korean. You could say Soohorang loosely translates to Protection Tiger!

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Bandabi — Paralympic Mascot

Bandabi is the friendly Asian black bear with half-moon shaped patch of white fur on its chest and is the official mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games which happen in March.

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An asian black bear, or moon bear, at the zoo. (Photo credit: Animals Asia on / CC BY-NC)

In Korean folklore, Asian black bears have lots of willpower and courage so Bandabi is the perfect mascot to represent the athletes of the Paralympic Games! Bandabi is very warm-hearted, cheers on the athletes and encourages the athletes to push themselves beyond their limits. Bandabi’s name is a combo of the Korean words ban-dal (meaning half moon) and Bi which stands for the celebration of the games!