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Goldy Gopher is the face of the University of Minnesota and the biggest fan of all things U of M. A popular character among Minnesota fans and one of the most recognizable mascots in the country. Goldy is a 3-time national champion and will be forever ranked #1 in the hearts of Gopher fans everywhere.

Position: Mascot
Height: 5'13"
City/State: Minneapolis, Minn.
Alma Mater: Everlasting Student


  • The most diverse and complete multi-sport athlete at the University of Minnesota.
  • Appears at over 600 outings and events each year.
  • Entertains young and old alike with shenanigan filled ways and humorous nature.
  • Often uses the trademark "Spin your head" to fire up crowds at various sporting events.
  • 4-Time National Champion at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championships in Orlando, Fla (2011, 2013, 2017, 2018).
  • Enjoys riding his maroon and gold T3 around the U of M campus and interacting with University students.
  • Goldy has won 19 cars thanks to golfing hole-in-one's, but has donated them all to the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right.
  • Goldy wears pants in public (unlike Bucky).
  • Goldy obtained unobtainium.
  • Goldy made it to the last book of Game of Thrones.
  • Chuck Norris makes Goldy Gopher jokes.
  • Morgan Freeman's life is narrated by Goldy.


  • Born: 1952
  • Family member to every University of Minnesota student, staff, and faculty past or present 
  • Plans to attend the University until mascoting becomes a legitimate and respected major and field of study


  • Minnesota Timberwolves' "Crunch" 
  • Minnesota Wild's "Nordy" 
  • Minnesota Vikings "Viktor" 
  • Minnesota Twins "TC Bear" 
  • The Gopher from Caddyshack
  • PJ Fleck 
  • Richard Pitino
  • Don Lucia 
  • Brad Frost
  • Hugh McCutcheon
  • Marlene Stollings
  • Annie from Annie’s Parlor 


  • Bucky Badger
  • Sparty the Spartan
  • Brutus Buckeye
  • Bucky Badger
  • Chip the Buffalo
  • Also Bucky the Badger
  • Carl Spackler
  • Did we mention Bucky Badger?



Goldy Gopher: Heart of Gold

Goldy Gopher: Heart of Gold

4/19/2018 - Spirit Squad

Goldy Gopher is one of the most recognizable icons in the state of Minnesota, but what makes him such a special "face" of the University of Minnesota?

Goldy Gopher Wins National Championship

Goldy Gopher Wins National Championship

1/16/2018 - Spirit Squad

Minnesota spirit squads once again turned in elite performances at the recent 2018 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading And Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Goldy Edition

Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Goldy Edition

1/22/2018 - Spirit Squad

Goldy Gopher and mascot coach Jacob Schauf are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly.

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