Yodli, the Lausanne 2020 mascot

The mascot is one of the central elements of Olympic Games since 1972. Often reflecting the culture and the history of the region, it represents the spirit of the Modern Olympic Games. Lausanne 2020 revealed its official mascot a year to the day before the opening of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games. Its name is «Yodli».

How Yodli came to life is a perfect example of how Lausanne 2020 will truly be Games by young people for young people : around 140 students from Eracom, a local art and communication school, contributed to the design of the mascot. The various drafts were shown to school children from Lausanne and surrounding areas, to collect feedback and adapt the mascot, and the final choice was then given to 500 young Swiss athletes aged 12 to 18, who voted on the final design.

Yodli is a hybrid animal, composed of several emblematically Swiss animals that live in the Swiss mountains: a cow, a goat and of course a St Bernard dog. Their different characteristics and relationships with the environment are embodied in Yodli, who signifies the diversity of the participants of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.

As for colours, the students found their inspiration in the tones found in Swiss nature, particularly blue for the sky or the lake, and grey for the mountain stones. This pallet includes a discreet touch of yellow that brings to mind typical Swiss cheese dishes like raclette or fondue, or even the sun that hits the country’s high plateaus.

To get to know Yodli and its features better, we personally asked it a few questions…

Hi, Yodli, nice to meet you! Tell me, where does your name come from? It reminds me of something…
Hi! My name might sound familiar to some of you… and that’s normal! It was inspired by the yodel, a traditional form of singing from Switzerland and certain areas of France. Those are the two countries where the Games will take place in 2020. Besides, yodeling is often used by shepherds as a means of communicating in the mountains… They call their herds by belting out these tunes!

I’m a little confused… You look a little like a goat, but also a cow… and don’t have a dog’s snout?
Don’t be confused, you’re right on track… I’m a hybrid animal! A cross between a cow, a goat and a Saint Bernard dog. These are three typical animals from where I live in Switzerland… in the mountains! Ah, our magnificent mountains, covered with white gold, as we say over here, and where we can participate in many winter sports… I’m a big fan of snowboarding! I love the feeling of freedom that I get when riding down the slopes, “floating” on powder snow, flying in the air… I’m looking forward to seeing the world’s young athletes in this sport as well as the others in January 2020!

Hey, speaking of Lausanne 2020, my multiple origins embody the diversity of the Youth Olympic Games’ participants in 2020… and I’m quite proud of that!

We feel the mountain vibes. Do you?
Indeed! I was born and raised in the Swiss mountains. When I was a kid, I was pretty shy… but also curious! I couldn’t help hiding and watching humans practice winter sports. One day I saw a child fall whilst skiing. Poor tot, he immediately started crying. I jumped out of my hiding spot… I just had to comfort him! After drying his tears, I brought him back to the closest village, where I received a warm welcome. Since then, I don’t hide anymore. I sometimes even pull out my snowboard and ride down the slopes with the other children…

Yodli, it is an honor to have met you! We are all so excited to have you at our side!
My pleasure. Long live the mountains, long live sports, long live youth and long live Lausanne 2020!