Meet Goldy the Golden Gopher

S LCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 08: Mascot Goldy Gopher of the Minnesota Golden cheers during the game against the Miami of Ohio Redhawks as Minnesota defeated Miami of Ohio 41-35 in triple overtime at the Metrodome on September 8, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Meet Goldy

Goldy has been the heart and soul of the University of Minnesota since 1940. The lovable Golden Gopher only wears UM apparel.

You can find him anywhere around campus, including at all sporting events. He will shake hands and high-five any UM fan he sees, and assures fan enjoyment at every game. He makes over hundreds of appearances every year at major Minnesota events, including the occasional birthday party.

Goldy's Experience

The fans relate to Goldy, and when it comes to getting people excited for UM football, there isn’t a better Golden Gopher for the job.

When Goldy first arrived on campus in 1940, the football team won the national championship. They won two more that decade under Goldy‘s guidance. He clearly knows what it’s like to be part of a winning team. 

Goldy's Leadership Abilities

Growing up in Minnesota, Goldy understands the people of the community. Taking in the hospitable attitude of the state, he has welcomed many of his friends into his home. Plus, after rainstorms, Goldy is seen out on the field digging holes in the ground for friends who need a new home. 

It’s no surprise that Goldy is always selected as the emergency contact for kids during school field trips -- he’s one of the most trusted golden gophers in all of Minnesota. 

What Distinguishes Goldy From the Rest?

As one of the strongest diggers in the mascot world, Goldy is clearly one best landscape architects out there. When the school decided to build TCF Bank Stadium, Goldy was the first to be consulted.
Despite a busy schedule, Goldy still finds the time to tailgate and mingle with fans before and after Minnesota games. 

Goldy's Campaign Promises

In the quest to win the Capital One Mascot Challenge, Goldy promises to raise his 37.2 handshake per appearance total to 41.6 over the next year. More handshakes for more people -- that’s the gopher way.

Goldy, in a word, is golden.