Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots include a Sasquatch

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Leave it to Canada to have a cryptozoological beastie like a sasquatch as its Olympic mascot. Earlier today Vancouver 2010 unveiled their Olympic and Paralympic mascots: Quatchi the Sasquatch, Miga the Sea Bear, and Sumi the Thunderbird.
Link (Thanks, Scott!)


  1. The first thing I thought when I saw the mascots was “Wow — those look just like the little vegetable characters in Harvest Mania.” (I’m a compulsive casual game player on

    Sure enough, the same design company worked on both projects. They’ve got some real geek cred.

  2. Sasquatch is cool but how come nobody is paying attention to the SEA BEAR?

    There’s no such thing -they mixed a whale with a bear! How awesome is that? Stephen Colbert is going to have a field day with that one.

  3. Sumi is also a mythological creature (the all are). He has thunderbird arms and bear legs. Cute button noses are the least of his physiological issues! How are his wings supposed to lift heavy bear legs?

  4. “Sumi, an animal guardian spirit, has the hat of the orca whale, the wings of the Thunderbird and the legs of the black bear.”

    Orca whales have hats?

  5. Stefan @18 – If sasquatch can have giant boots, of course orcas can have hats… and it clearly has to be an orca hat, it’s much too big for Sumi.

  6. I assure you that I’m not just saying this to be contrary, but when I saw these critters in my morning paper, I just gritted my teeth at how incredibly lame I thought they looked. No accouting for taste, I guess …

  7. These mascots are great. It’s hard to be
    cute without being cloyingly cute.

    It’s hard to believe that some people
    are complaining about them.

  8. I think the hat itself is the orca. There’s the dorsal fin, side-fins, and the grid-thing at the front is a mouth.

    If you google ‘orca haida’ you can see just how stylized the animal gets in Native Art.

  9. 3 mascots, 3 x the merch sales. Anyone who’s followed the ‘nucks countless uniform redesigns will feel a familiar tug on their wallet. In Van, sports is all about the merch. It’s the only way to make a profit when the rest of the endeavour is invariably substandard, I suppose.

    I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a little RAVi character included, as the official rapid transit mascot.

    (Full disclosure: I live in Vancouver, and it is in no way similar to the tourism advertising)

  10. @ BUD ORACLE

    you know, I really can’t decide how the ancient greeks would feel about the olympics today…I think their only contention would be that women are now allowed to compete/attend.

    what happens in delphi should stay in delphi (albeit totally awesome)…man i felt drunk just walking around those volcanic fumes.

    i love the idea of using these mythical creatures!

  11. I’m Chinese but I like these three much better than the five from China… Maybe that’s because I understand more about the Chinese culture?

    China should’ve made 12 mascots, one for each zodiac sign. They’d sell a lot more merchandises that way.

  12. I actually really like the look/feel of these characters, although I also feel Sumi the thunderbird is a bit of a weak-tea take on that particular myth. No beak?

    I am also the teensiest bit sad that instead of a more home-grown aesthetic, Canada seems to be appropriating a Sanrio-style kawaii-culture, although I suppose there’s some relevance given Vancouver’s strong Pacific-rim demographic.

  13. For all those people remarking about how people are complaining about them, a couple points.
    VanOc’s (the organizing committee) mandate was to engage the local population and “bring back the spirit of the olympics” in contrast to Torino (which was a huge marketing exercise).

    These mascots show up the hypocrisy of their goals. Like our asinine and unrepresentative logo, they are designed to sell in their millions to children. They are totally misrepresentative of who we are and what we stand for as place. The entire adult population has been given a big EF U to our taste and intelligence.

    I initially supported the Olympics, but as evermore becomes a gross and crass cash grab I find myself marginalized and hostile to the whole mess.

  14. These creatures are based on Vancouver Island first nations epistemology.

    Most likely without consultation of those tribes concerning appropriateness. Cute, though.
    I initially supported the Olympics, but as evermore becomes a gross and crass cash grab I find myself marginalized and hostile to the whole mess.
    Ok, I know we’re not on Fark, but THIS THIS THIS.

    I think you need to live in Vancouver and make less than $100,000 a year to wonder why people have complaints about anything Olympics-related. Don’t get me started.

    I offer you this though:

  15. Choice quote form above link:

    “Here’s the thing: We’re of the group of people that thinks using native symbols/icons is blatant pandering and unrepresentative of BC. In fact, we find it kind of offensive. Maybe we’re just soft, but the idea of taking someone’s land, destroying their culture and then paying respect to what may remain of it by using it as a promotional tool for a sporting event is ridiculous.”

    Biff bang ka-pow!

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