Through the years numerous doll manufacturers have produced plastic and vinyl Olympians in honor of various Olympic year festivities, and Nashville doll collectors have eagerly scoured local store shelves to find them. This list will spotlight some of the Barbie dolls produced for the Olympics and Part Two will focus on Olympic dolls - Cabbage Patch Kids OlympiKids dolls.
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Olympic Barbie Dolls
- 1974 Gold Medal Malibu Ken Swimmer was produced in Europe wearing red, white and blue swim trunks and a gold medal on gold chain.
- 1974 Gold Medal Malibu Ken Skier was issued wearing a yellow entry vest with #9, red ski boots, red ski hat, blue skis and poles, red goggles and his gold medal. A European version was also issued.
- 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Malibu Barbie was made wearing her red, white and blue, whether as a swimmer or skater and in an orange ski suit as a skier.
- 1976 the Barbie Olympic Ski Village came out with Ski Lodge and complete slope with poles and flags, sled, skis and more accessories.
- 1985 Olimpico Ken was produced in Venezuela
- 1995 Olympic Gymnast Barbie Doll was made for the 1996 Atlanta games This doll came in a W/Blond version), an AA/B version, and the more rare W version with auburn hair.
- 1997 Olympic Skater Barbie & Ken Doll set was made for the 1998 Olympics with both Barbie and Ken dressed in acqua.
- 1998 Olympic Skater Barbie Doll came in a glittering 2-piece aqua blue and pink skating outfit with a gold medal and skates for the Nagano Olympics. W/B.
- 2000 Olympic Fan Barbie Doll was made for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
- 2000 Barbie Sydney 2000 Olympic Pin Collector - Collector Edition doll was also issued dressed in Australian travel clothes with a collectable 2000 Sydney Olympic pin. W/B. AA/B.
- Barbie was also a Swimming Champion for the 2000 Olympics and McDonalds Happy Meal issued an Olympic Pin Barbie from the Barbie series that was distributed from September 15 - October 12, 2000.
- 2002 Star Skater Barbie was issued for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic games and came with colorful skating outfit, water bottle and gold medal. W/B. AA/B.
Part II: Olympic dolls - Cabbage Patch Kids OlympiKids
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