Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Words from Whistler

Mascot Mania

It was another gorgeous day in Whistler, the sun was shining and everyone seemed happy to sit back and soak up some rays of sunshine. Even the hundreds of shoppers lined up at 9am outside the Olympic store waiting for a chance to buy Olympic souvenirs appeared in great spirits today.

What made today particularly cheerful was the prevalence of the Olympic mascots, Quatchi, Sumi and Miga and their appeal to both children and adults. Quatchi is a young sasquatch who comes from the forests of Canada and dreams of becoming a famous hockey goalie. Miga is a young sea bear who lives in the ocean off Vancouver Island and enjoys surfing, snowboarding and anything fun and exciting. Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia and loves to play numerous sports. The mascots were in the Village as well as at Cypress Mountain, and there seemed to be line ups of children and adults wanting to sit and have their photos taken with them. At Canada Olympic House water based tattoos with the mascots were the hot take-away as children pondered which character they wanted to wear. Teens and young adults were applying the tattoos on their necks and faces, and even asking for assistance to ensure the images were applied vibrantly. The mascots have succeeded in bringing out the child in all of us.

Keep watching for more "Words from Whistler" as Debra Gassewitz, President & CEO, SIRC, continues her stay at Whistler. You can find Debra at Whistler Canada Olympic House

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