Who are these bizarro creatures? I can't help but think of a grainy 1950s commercial for, say, marshmallows, or some freaky Frosty-the-Snowman-meets-Teletubby bastard love child.
Meet Neve and Gliz, the official mascots of the upcoming Torino Olympics. From the official Olympic website:
Neve and Gliz are complementary characters: they represent the two elements without which the Olympic Winter Games cannot take place: snow and ice; and they personify the essence of winter sports: the harmony and elegance of the movements made in sport (with the fluid and rounded shapes of Neve) and the power and strength of the athletes (the angular and smooth shapes of Gliz).
Okay, commenters, have at it. Just remember, my American friends, that it was our country who produced Izzy: