It was all about the children this week when Olympic organizers
finally unveiled three mascots for the 2010 Winter Games.
And if the Whistler kids are anything to go by the mascots,
Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi, will make cash registers ring for Olympic organizers.
“Miga is really cool, and I like them a lot,” said Hunter
Prall, a student at Spring Creek Elementary School.
“I am very excited for the Olympics, I can’t wait.”
Prall, along with other Whistler students in Grade 5 and 6,
were bussed down to the mascot unveiling event in Surrey on Tuesday. In all
about 800 kids watched and cheered as VANOC showed off the latest faces of the
Games in a 35-minute high tech stage show with dance, song, and special
“I really liked the show,” said Lauren Doak. “I like Sumi the
Said Max Peiffer, “I thought it was cool how the mascot from
Whistler flew across the stage. I think it is really good that the Olympics are
coming to Whistler and I want to go to tons of events.”
Whistler parent Sarah Sladen was also impressed.
“I thought the show was great, very uplifting and exciting,”
“The three different mascots are great and they each have
The mascots, designed by Vancouver-based Meomi Design, draw on
aboriginal folklore and B.C. folklore.
Miga is a sea bear, a creature drawn from First Nation legend.
It is part orca and part bear, in this case a spirit bear.
Quatchi is a sasquatch who loves hockey, and Sumi is another
animal spirit, part Thunderbird, part black bear. He also wears the hat of an
orca whale, and is the guardian spirit.
And for the first time in Olympic history the mascots will have
a sidekick, Mukmuk, a Vancouver Island marmot.
“The designer, I think, did a remarkable job of looking at the
Olympic Games, looking at the region, at the country, at us, looking at past
Olympic history and recognizing one clear thing; this has got to be a marvel
for children,” said Vancouver Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong.
“They have to feel like they can connect to the characters.
“We really wanted to make sure that there would be no child
anywhere who would look at the program and think there is no one there they
could relate to...”