Goldy Gopher is one of the most recognizable and beloved figures in the state of Minnesota. With the toothiest of grins, boundless energy, and an irrepressible spirit, Goldy is paws down the best mascot around (with national titles to prove it). On the field or court, at a parade, or in the community, Goldy brings smiles and laughter to kids and adults alike.
Everyone's Favorite Mascot
Goldy Gopher has been a dynasty in competition, winning the national mascot title four times (2011, 2013, 2017, and 2018) in the last decade.
Makes Head Spin
Goldy often responds to fans’ calls to "Spin your head, spin your head!" which further fires up the crowd at sporting events.
Needs a Scheduling Assistant
Including a full schedule of games plus other functions, Goldy Gopher appears at over 600 outings and events each year.
History of Goldy
Minnesota becomes known as the “Gopher state,” based on a political cartoon.
The “Gopher” becomes the name of the University of Minnesota yearbook.
Sports teams at the U of M start being referred to as “the Gophers."
Sports merchandiser George Grooms designs an official Gopher image.
Goldy Gopher the mascot begins making appearances at games.
U alumnus Stephen Wanvig, working for Jostens, designs a brawny and scowling new mascot.
After some public outcry, Wanvig creates a slimmer and more cheerful Goldy; it remains to this day.