Russia unveils candidates for Sochi mascot

Updated: February 7, 2011, 2:35 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- The organizers of the 2014 Sochi Olympics have put forward an array of 13 cartoon candidates to become the games' mascot, including two bears, a bunny and a snow leopard.

The victors -- one for the Olympics and one for the Paralympics -- are to be revealed Feb. 26 after a public vote.

The characters were introduced to the nation Monday on state-run Channel One television.

They include traditional figures such as a polar bear and a brown bear, as well some seemingly longshot ideas such as a bullfinch and a dolphin who uses his flippers to throw a curling stone.

Also in the running are a gaggle of sports-loving matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls, and Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus.

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