On the 26th, Mascots of Sochi Winter Olympics was decided by the Russian national vote. They are snow leopard, white bear and rabbit respectively which listed front three. At the same time, "Flame Boy" and "snowflake Girl" also become mascots of Winter Paralympics Game.
At Moscow time 23:20, in live broadcast of the first channel of Russia TV station, the host announced the final voting results that snow leopard, which hold skateboard of Sochi Winter Games Mascot (3 piece), white bear with a green scarf around his neck and a singing and dancing rabbit rank front three with their Percentage of votes being 28%, 18% and 16% respectively, becoming mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. It is reported that nearly 100 million Russian people by sending cell phone text messages, call toll-free hotline telephone and other means to participate in the vote.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, chairman of the Organizing Committee of Sochi Winter Olympics says, that national vote for mascot is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games According to voting results, the committee decide that the top three winners will become mascots of the Olympic Winter Games .
Putin, Russian Prime Minister, also expressed his own love for snow leopard and he said that "Snow leopard is very strong, quick action, a combination of strength and beauty". Snow Leopard is one of the rarest and endangered the feline in the world. At present, it only grows in Ussuriyskin district of the Far East Maritime Kray and other places in Russia territory.
On September 1, 2010, the Organizing Committee of the Sochi Winter Olympics started collection activities of mascot activities within the scope of the whole Russia. After collection activities of the first phase of three months, jury committee chose 11 as candidate of mascot from 24000 design proposal received. The 11 kinds of programs are snow leopards, sun, snow, rabbits, dolphins, Santa Claus and Matryoshka, etc.