Highlights from the Moscow Olympics 1980 Opening Ceremony ☭
“Misha, the Russian bear, served as mascot—and merchandizing phenomenon—for the 1980 Moscow games. During the games themselves, Misha appeared as a giant balloon that was released during the closing ceremonies as a cartoon version of him shed tears on a screen and a choir of children sang ‘Good-bye, our sweet Misha.’ There was not a dry eye in the stadium.
“One can only imagine the tears that the mascot’s further fate would elicit: The balloon was recovered on the outskirts hours later, and put in storage where it was abandoned to be devoured by rats.”
—from Made in Russia