Smoky (Olympic mascot)

Smoky (1931 or 1932 – April 1934), occasionally spelled Smokey, was a dog who became the mascot of the 1932 Summer Olympic Village and later the event as a whole.[2] He is often considered the first Olympic mascot.[3]

Frank Wykoff and Agnes Weber holding "Smoky"[1]

Smoky appeared early on in the construction of the Olympic Village, with some sources claiming he was born on the same day that work on the Village began on 2 January 1932.[4][5][6] He was a small black dog of uncertain ancestry, believed to be a combination of Scottish terrier, bulldog, Australian sheep dog along with other breeds. He became extremely popular with all visiting Olympic delegations.[7] He survived a couple of broken legs. He posed with athletes from all nations and was given a blanket on which were pinned medals, pins and badges of many nations.[6] Smoky briefly went missing on 14 July, with it claimed that "noted athletes from all over the world mourn his absence".[7] However, he returned the next day.[5]

After the games Smoky was adopted by Cynthia and Clark Smith and became a family pet.[8][6] In April 1934 he was he was run over and killed by an unknown speeding motorist.[6][9]

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  1. ^ "As East and West Prepare for Olympic Classic at Los Angeles Next Summer". The Pittsburgh Press. 1 May 1932. p. 25. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Those Loony Olympic Mascots: Smoky, Los Angeles 1932". Time. 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Three Critters Join Salt Lake Effort". The Leaf-Chronicle. 16 May 1999. p. 25. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  4. ^ Downing, Sam. "Why the first Olympic mascot was greater than any modern mascot". Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b "'Smokey', Mascot of Games City, Returns". The San Francisco Examiner. 16 July 1932. p. 14. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d "Smoky, Olympic Mascot, Dead". The Los Angeles Times. 12 April 1934. p. 29. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  7. ^ a b "Athletes Mourn Loss of 'Smokey' Mascot". The San Bernardino County Sun. 15 July 1932. p. 18. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Smoky Quits Olympic Village: Mascot Settles Down in New Home". The Los Angeles Times. 23 September 1932. p. 36. Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  9. ^ "Smoky the Olympic village mascot in 1932, is dead". The Des Moines Register. 20 April 1934. p. 17. Retrieved 17 August 2023.