Thursday, April 7, 2016

Olympic dolls - Gold Medal Barbies and other Barbie doll Olympians

Olympic Fan Barbie Dolls

1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Barbie and Ken
If, as David Letterman once suggested, you will now only eat your pancakes arranged like Olympic rings and are curling on your patio with a Swiffer and a fruit cake, you are suffering from Winter Olympics withdrawal. Don't worry - I have just the fix: Olympic dolls!

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.

'76 Olympic Gold Medalist dolls with '96 Olympic Gymnast

For more photos, click on the links and see the slideshow. All the dolls pictured here are © Kathryn Darden.

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.
Olympic Fan Barbie Dolls from Mexico & Canada
  • 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.
    Sydney 2000 Olympics Olympic Fan
  • 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

More Olympic Fan Barbie Dolls

A series of Olympic Fan Barbie dolls was produced for the 2000 games sporting the flags and colors of several countries including: Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Spain, Cuba, Australia, Germany, Greece and several others.

Olympic Pin Barbie doll

  • 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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