Moscow 1980

Games Trivia

Misha the Bear


The official emblem of the Moscow 1980 Games depicts parallel lines in the shape of a pyramid, and a five pointed star which serves as a reminder of the flag of the Kremlin.


The 1980 Moscow Olympic mascot - "Misha the Bear" was developed by the renowned illustrator of children's books Victor Chizikov. It took the illustrator six months to draw one hundred variations of the bear that also carried the full name Mikhail Potapych Toptygin. "Misha" was finally unveiled on December 19th, 1977.

Misha was the first mascot of a sporting event to achieve large-scale commercial success as merchandise. The Misha doll was used extensively during the opening and closing ceremonies, had a TV animated cartoon and appeared on several merchandise products.

A second, less well-known mascot, was also present during the Moscow Games . The mascot was a seal named "Vigri", who represented the yachting events in Tallinn. Misha also appeared on a stamp.