The Olympic mascot Vinicius as fluffy toy is seen next to a camera during the Women's Individual 1/8 Eliminations of the Archery events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 August 2016. Photo by: Sebastian Kahnert/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Olympic mascot Vinicius has found a new role in wrestling.
It's a rough one, to say the least.
Wrestling coaches are given challenge "bricks" to throw when they want the officials to review a scoring play, not unlike challenge flags seen in the NFL.
But the brick doesn't necessarily have to be a brick at all. So the sport decided to have a little fun for the Rio Games and make small stuffed Vinicius toys the protest object of choice for the Olympic tournament.
The move has already led to a few amusing moments where a coach, enraged with a call gone against his wrestler, had to reach for a tiny stuffed animal and fling it across the mat to get the referee's attention.
Given how intense wrestling coaches tend to be mat side, more than a few Vinicius dolls might not make it out of Carioca Arena 2 intact.