After Marino, the wolf protagonist of the first edition, and Rasta, the hedgehog of 2001, once again the spirit of the Games will be symbolized by a curious local small animal. The new mascot, Sammy, is a cave salamander wearing a crossbowman’s hat and a pair of trainers.
The mascot was chosen through a contest organized by the San Marino’s NOC and the “San Marino 2017” Organizing Committee in collaboration with the Secretariat of State for Culture and the Secretariat of State for Sport among the students of primary and secondary school in San Marino. Over 80 projects were examined by a mixed jury formed by the representatives of the Organizing Committee, of the two Secretariats of State and two teachers.
The winner was sixteen-year-old Francesco Gatti, a student from Serravalle of the local Technical and Industrial School, who presented an original cave salamander. The mascot of the 2017 edition of the Games is an amphibian widespread in the caves and underground of Mount Titano wearing a racing bib with number 301, symbolizing the date of foundation of the Republic of San Marino, and other typical features of local tradition such as the flag, the crossbow and a historical drummer’s hat. Then, the young boys and girls who participated in Sportinfiera 2015 chose the name: Sammy.
Sammy was “brought to life” 16th January 2016 during Sportinsieme Awards.
After taking part to the historic “Giro del Monte Titano” (race around Mount Titano) to be introduced to the local population and after organizing the “Countdown Relay” together with the members of the San Marino 2017 Organizing Committee, Sammy, the mascot of the Games, wore its running shoes once more to participate in the “Christmas Marathon”. For that special event, it took off its traditional athletic singlet to play Santa Claus. Here is a happy Sammy at the finish line at the San Marino Stadium!