Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi make their debut before hundreds of schoolchildren. You can get their coloring pages.
The mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were introduced on November 27, 2007. Inspired by traditional First Nations creatures, the mascots include:
* Miga â€” A mythical sea bear, part orca and part kermode bear.
* Quatchi â€” A sasquatch, who wears boots and earmuffs.
* Sumi â€” An animal guardian spirit who wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty Thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear.
* Mukmuk â€” A Vancouver Island marmot.
Miga and Quatchi are mascots for the Olympic Games, while Sumi is the mascot for the Paralympic Games. Mukmuk is considered a sidekick, not a full mascot.
The Royal Canadian Mint is producing a series of commemorative coins celebrating the 2010 games, and in partnership with CTV is also allowing users to vote on the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments; where designs honoring the top three will be added to the series of coins
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, is a major international multi-sport event held on February 12â€“28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia and in the Vancouver suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC). The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
Following Olympic tradition, then Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan received the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The flag was raised on February 28, 2006, in a special ceremony, and was on display at Vancouver City Hall until the Olympic opening ceremony. The event was officially opened by Governor General MichaÃ«lle Jean on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II (who is Queen of Canada and the Canadian head of state)