With the Olympics underway, get to know the Rio Games' mascot Vinicius as well as the past four decades of Olympic mascots.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics underway, look back at four decades of Olympic mascots and their meanings, starting with Vinicius, the mascot for the Rio Games. Vinicius is a representation of Brazilian wildlife, including "the agility of cat, the balancing skills of a monkey and the grace of a bird," and symbolizes the "energy and joie de vivre exuded by the Brazilian people." Vinicius was named after famed Brazilian artist Vinicius de Moraes.
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