Vancouver’s Mascots are a Rip Off

February 12, 2010

I’m so happy Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. It promises to be such a wonderful event. However, as many have noticed, the mascots chosen for this Olympics have an awful lot of similarities with those of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. So much so that I had to write the organizing committee about a year and a half ago to ask them about it.

Sent: July 28, 2008 8:07 AM
To: Vancouver 2010 InfoSubject: Mascots

Were the mascots intentionally lifted from the Beijing Games? I mean,
seriously, look at Sumi and compare with China’s Beibei.

They replied about a week later.

Vancouver 2010 Info <>
date Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 12:43 AM
Hello Kris,

Thank you for your interest in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games.

We are pleased to announce Miga, Quatchi and Sumi as the official
mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Games. Mascots are a playful and effective
way to engage a young audience and increase their knowledge of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games. Children have reacted with delight to the
arrival of Miga, Quatchi and Sumi and have expressed an immediate
connection to the mascots’ stories.

Each of the characters is unique and represents the people, geography
and spirit of British Columbia and Canada while personifying the essence
of the 2010 Winter Games. They were inspired by local Aboriginal legends
and also strongly influenced by popular culture, modern animation
styles, the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, British Columbian and
Canadian culture and wildlife, and the artists’ own imagination.

People across Canada and around the world can meet the mascots at The site includes child-friendly features
such as an animated mascot video, character profiles, an online game, a
mascot-related personality quiz, interactive e-cards, colouring pages
and more.

Thanks again,

Vancouver 2010 Info

What B.S. Change the animals and you have Beijing 2008. Whatever; they’re cute. I’ll leave it at that. I still hope the Games are a resounding success and wish I was there to witness it all. Highlights may be slim in Shanghai where most people don’t even know they’re around the corner. Not many pay attention to the Winter Games here, since there isn’t much for snow, ice, or winter sports in the area. Thankfully there are two sports channels, so while one of them has ping pong and badminton on, the other should have Vancouver’s Games.

Let’s hope so anyway,


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