The Olympics are exciting are plenty of reasons.
For one thing, it's one of the few times you get to rally around not just a team but an entire nation. It can feel powerful to join together with your fellow countrymen and root shamelessly for a common cause.
You also get to see the very best of the best athletes across several different sports compete against each other. (And you know that if these athletes are so beastly that Kris Letang and Milan Lucic didn't even make the cut, it should make for some good entertainment.)
But hands down, the best element of any Olympics is the mascot.
Mascots are meant to represent something special about the host country. They're supposed to be creative yet poignant. Host countries have years to brainstorm, prepare and come up with the very best mascot ever.
That begs the question: How did these mascots make the cut?