The mascot dons several tributes to past legends. The mask
maintains the mystery of the Gaucho and honors the famous
“Fantom of the Dome” who wore a mask or goggles as he
fired up Thunderdome crowds during the 1990s. Olé
performs in conjunction with band, dance and cheer to rally support
for the Gauchos on campus and in the community.
Olé is available for outside or campus promotions by
completing the Ole Rental Request Form. Please send the
completed form to the UCSB athletics marketing and promotions team
In 2008, Olé gave a witty exclusive interview for
ucsgauchos.com. Here is that interview:
Date of Birth:
That's for me to know and the IRS to find out.
Anywhere from 6' to 6'6". It really depends on how stealthy I need
to be at any moment.
First class. First class all the way baby. Oh, you mean class as
in grade? You might call me a super senior.
Gaucho Athletics with a minor in triumph.
Hang more championship banners at the Thunderdome and Harder - I
really never get tired of winning. I also want to play along side
Michael Douglas as Charlie Sheen's replacement in Wall Street II.
Two Gauchos, one screen - I smell Oscar madness.
Who cares? We're talking about me, aren't we? Yeah, that's what I
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Gaucho, and The Breakfast Club
(hey, it's a heart felt coming of age story, plus Judd Nelson is
the quintessential rebel, a quality I personally endorse).
That one where they repeat my name about a million times. It may
seem repetitive to the layman, but when examined closer, one can
truly appreciate its poetic genius. Plus, it really annoys fans
from Irvine, which brings me quite a bit of personal satisfaction.
Also, I have to give a shout to Steely Dan for "Gaucho." Nice.
Mustang Stew. It can really be a bit gamey but, with the proper
seasonings, I could eat the stuff everyday.
The 2008 Olympics, and you know it, with my boys Todd Rogers and
Jason Lezak taking home gold medals. You're welcome Phelps! I also
really enjoyed watching Greg Somogyi straight dunk over Tyler
Hansbrough in the Thunderdome. That was vicious. Player of the year
The Fantom and Gaucho Joe. Or, as I like to call them, the
Beating Aggies, Tigers, Anteaters, Titans, Highlanders, 49ers,
Matadors, and Mustangs. I also like participating in various IV
activities, such as throwing a goal post or two into the Pacific
Ocean. You know, the usual.
Practicing my tortilla toss, storming courts, relaxing at Sands,
occasionally working my guns at the ICA gym (I can do over 1,000
curls. Seriously, its just freakish, natural muscularity. It
doesn't suck to be Olé), and of course, victory.
Here's what I'm burning on. Here I am strutting my stuff at Mascot
Madness, making the other schools look utterly foolish, and do I
get any press from Jim Rome? Nope. Hey Rome, did any other mascots
do the Worm? The Soulja Boy dance? No, they didn't. But Olé
did because, lets face it, I rock. Don't worry though Romey, I
could never hate a fellow Gaucho, especially one with facial hair
almost as good as mine - that's one fine goatee home slice. Now how
'bout my close-up?
If I Had it My Way:
Cal and UCLA would step up and see what it's like to play in the
Thunderdome. Keep on running big boys. You can't hide behind ESPN
forever. Do I smell chicken?