Wuli - the Mascot

Whether "Cooly", the mascot of the Ice Hockey World Championships 2009 and 2020, the FC Lucerne mascots "Siegfried & Leu" or "Yodli" at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne 2020 - all mascots have one thing in common: they captivate audiences and have become an integral part of major sporting events. On the occasion of the "One-Year-To-Go" event, the Winter Universiade 2021 has also introduced an event mascot. This fabulous creature was designed by Luisa Zürcher, an animation student at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. The name Wuli was chosen by the public in an online vote on the social media channels of the Winter Universiade 2021.

The young artist was inspired by Yeti, the mountains of Central Switzerland and its myths, and the carnival, which has deep roots in the traditions of Central Switzerland. Luisa Zürcher has created a character perfectly suited to the Winter Universiade: the fabulous creature has its origins in the myths of Central Switzerland, loves carnival, and lives in the mountains of the region. The curious mascot will travel to Winter Universiade venues to make friends with athletes from all over the world. The sporty mascot will help visitors to the 2021 Winter Universiade feel at home, in keeping with the event motto "Welcome Home".

Luisa Zürcher volunteered for the student design project, and created the mascot in her spare time. The decision to take part was easy, as the 23-year-old explains: "What could be more exciting than designing a mascot that you can later hug?" This moment became reality for Luisa Zürcher at the "One-Year-To-Go" event. Over the next twelve months, the fabulous creature will put a smile on the faces of many more people with a hug.

The Organising Committee of the Winter Universiade 2021 named the mascot ‘Wuli’ in a ceremony held today at the IBU Biathlon Youth and Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide. The name is a combination of the initials of "Winter Universiade" with the typical Swiss word ending "-li". It was chosen by the public in an online vote on the social media channels of the Winter Universiade 2021.

The naming ceremony was conducted by the Head of Marketing & Sponsoring Fabienne Meyerhans, and Hannes Parpan, who presides over the local organising committee of next year's Winter Universiade. In January 2021 the biathlon and ski orienteering disciplines will be held in Lenzerheide.