Vancouver unveil 2010 Olympic mascots

September 15, 2009, 5:44 PM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

SURREY, B.C. — Organizers of the 2010 Winter Games have turned to British Columbia’s myths and legends for a trio of mascots.

Quatchi is a young sasquatch with a long brown beard and blue earmuffs, while Miga is a snowboarding sea-bear — part killer whale and part kermode bear.

And Sumi is a spirit animal that flies with the wings of a native thunderbird.

There’s even a sidekick: Mukmuk, a small friendly Vancouver Island Marmot.

The mascots were revealed in front of hundreds of delighted schoolchildren in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey.

Olympic organizers looked at hundreds of artists’ submissions before choosing the right mascot designers.

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