Misha (Миша), also known as Mishka (Мишка) or The Olympic Mishka (Олимпийский Мишка) is the name of the Russian Bear, the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games (the XXII Summer Olympics). He was designed by children's books illustrator Victor Chizhikov.
Misha is 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, now things commonly practiced not only in the Olympic Games, also in the FIFA World Cup and others events' mascots.
Misha also appeared in the 1980 Olympics episode of the Russian cartoon Nu, pogodi!, handing trophies to the Wolf and the Hare.
MISHA THE TINY WOLF GIRL; the Extraordinary Story of an Eight-Year-Old Girl Who Wandered War- Torn Europe Searching for Her Parents, until, Starving and Injured, She Found a New Home with Wolves Deep in the Forest .
Jul 31, 1999; Byline: DANIEL JEFFREYS SEVEN-year-old Misha sat watching her mother dress for an evening at the theatre. She saw her...