Those Loony Olympic Mascots

London’s eerie choices for the 2012 games prompt questions about what makes a successful mascot. From the cute and cuddly to the creepy, absurd, and ethically questionable, a visual survey of past Olympic mascots.

A Brief History of Olympic Sore Losers

Russia’s Evegni Plushenko believes he deserved the men’s figure-skating gold medal instead of silver at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. In honor of his poor sportsmanship, TIME takes a look at other Olympic complainers

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