Friday, February 12, 2010

Vancouver Winter Olympics...Did you know?

The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off today in Vancouver with the opening ceremonies. Did you know these fun facts about the Vancouver Winter Olympics?

  • The 2010 WInter Olympics will be the second time that Canada has hosted the winter Olympics, having been the host for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Canada has also hosted the summer Olympics, in Montreal 1976.

  • There are 15 sports on the Winter Olympic Program for 2010. The sports of Snowboard Cross and Skier Cross have been added to the program.

  • The mens and women's hockey will be played on smaller (60 x 26 m vs 60 x 30) NHL-sized ice for the first time, saving millions of dollars by not having to build a new rink.

  • Vancouver is the first Winter Olympics host city to hold the opening and closing ceremonies indoors.

  • The three Vancouver Games mascots are Miga, Quatchi and Sumi. Miga is part Kermode bear, a rare white bear that only lives in British Columbia. Quatchi is a young sasquatch, a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast. Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia.