The mascots for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled today in a 35-minute live show at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, B.C.
There are three mascots and one sidekick:
- Miga — a snowboarding sea-bear inspired by the First Nations’ legends of the Pacific Northwest. Miga, described as mischievous and outgoing, is part sea-bear and part orca whale.
- Quatchi — a shy and gentle Sasquatch with a long brown beard and blue earmuffs meant to conjure the mystery and wonder associated with the Canada’s wilderness.
- Sumi — an animal guardian spirit, who flies with the wings of the thunderbird, is described as “a natural born leader with a passion for protecting the environment.”
- Mukmuk — a Vancouver Island marmot sidekick considered an honorary member of the mascot team.
A video introduction to these characters is available in the official 2010 Olympics website.
I’ve been talking to a few friends and their reactions have been mixed. Some of the comments I’ve heard are:
- Sumi sounds like “Sue Me!”
- They look like Japanase cartoon characters
- Quatchi reminds me of the Kokanee Sasquatch
- A fat sasquatch, a one-eyed teddy and a green alien looking thing!
- looks like they were designed by a big committee and crammed all the ideas in, and rejected none
What do you think?