• 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 <_176e3f@vancouver2010.com>
    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
    www.vancouver2010.com/mascot. 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,