who is he
September 17, 2019

Bing Dwen Dwen is here, and he's surprisingly not frozen to death.

On Tuesday, Beijing unveiled its mascot for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Bing Dwen Dwen is a uncharacteristically round panda who, despite being encased in a transparent ice suit, can somehow move well enough to be expert at every winter Olympic sport out there.

Bing Dwen Dwen comes with a superhero-esque backstory, told through a wordless animated video. After plunging through a mysterious glowing orb that came from space, Bing Dwen Dwen emerges in his ice suit with the ability to fly, soars through some winter Olympic events, and shoots off into the galaxy to deliver what's presumably world peace to an astronaut.

Bing Dwen Dwen's introduction comes as the objectively boring mascots Miraitowa and Someity gear up for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Bing Dwen Dwen is undoubtedly an improvement, but no matter how bright his eyes sparkle, he only wishes he could be as adorable as PyeongChang 2018's mascot Soohorang. Kathryn Krawczyk

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