Speedskater Clara Hughes has been named the flag-bearer for Canada's Olympic team. She will lead the procession of athletes and officials into B-C Place during the Feb. 12 opening ceremonies.
As of the first week of December 2009, 1-million pairs of red mittens have been sold. VANOC expects to well exceed 2-million in sales by the time the Games end. Canadians are smitten with mittens. Specifically, those ubiquitous red Olympic mittens that, not so long ago, seemed to be everywhere. Now, they are virtually sold out from coast to coast.
Their undulating forms evoke British Columbia?s mountains, ocean and snow. Their faces are drawn from West Coast First Nations artwork depicting the orca and raven. Each is unique. And their substantial size gives them a significant presence. Meet the medals of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Opening of the Richmond Olympic Oval on December 12th 2008. The long-track speedskating arena will hold 8,000 fans at Games-time. It will be a multisport wellness and recreation centre before and after the Games.