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SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia -- The popular mascot for the 1984 Olympic Winter Games has been transformed by an artist from a wild beast to a tame, pleasant-looking wolf cub in a colorful logo to be spread all over the world.

Vuchko, or wolf cub, was created in 1981 by Joze Trobec, a young Yugoslav painter who did not originally intend to participate in competition for drawing the winter games' logo.

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But officials said his wife persuaded Trobec to draw the Olympic mascot, and his work was selected by millions in a public vote as the official mascot for the Sarajevo Winter Games.

Officials said Trobec's offering was among six finalists selected over 600 others sent to the games' Organizing Committee and a special jury.

The six were published for two weeks in all Yugoslav newspapers and magazines, and readers selected Trobec's wolf-cub over the others.

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