Readers of Yugoslav newspapers were asked to pick the mascot for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo from a list of six finalists. The winner was Vučko, a wolf designed by Slovenian illustrator Jože Trobec. The other finalists were a chipmunk, a lamb, a mountain goat, a porcupine, and a snowball. According to Trobec, the little bad wolf made cute symbolised the human desire "to be friend with animals and become closer to nature". Vučko signalled his excitement with a "Sarajevoooo" howl and still enjoys huge popularity among Sarajevans.
The British Paralympic Association is seeking a high calibre individual to be responsible for the development of project plans for all of the organisations activity and in particular to ensure that the best prepared ParalympicsGB team's are sent to the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
From the "scandalous" judging of the London 1948 Games to the Athens 2004 embarrassment, gymnastics has done much to right the wrongs of the past and, fittingly, has proved extremely supple in terms of its presentation and values over the years to now sit in the top tier of Olympic sports. Mike Rowbottom reports