Neve and Gliz were the official mascots of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. Aster was the official mascot of the 2006 Winter Paralympics. All three were designed by Pedro Albuquerque.
Neve and Gliz
Neve ("Snow" in Italian) is a humanized female snowball that wears red and represents "softness, friendship and elegance." Gliz (a shortened form of Ghiaccio, "Ice" in Italian) is a humanized male ice cube who wears blue and represents "enthusiasm and joy." The duo were created when TOROC conducted a contest for mascot submissions. 237 ideas were submitted, and in 2004, an international committee of judges selected Albuquerque's designs of Neve and Gliz.
For the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games, TOROC commissioned Albuquerque to create a mascot in the vein of Neve and Glitz. Aster is a stylized snow flake who conveys the Paralympic ideals: the determination, passion and courage of the disabled athlete. When shown in sport uniforms, Aster is usually represented by the color green, which along with Neve's red and Gliz's blue completes the colors shown in the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games logo.