This Summer, It's All About Winter
Canadians Prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Usually, kids look forward to the summer, anticipating sunny days spent swimming, eating ice cream, and, best of all, no school! In Vancouver, British Columbia, however, this summer is all about the winter. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games is approaching and will take place February 12- 28, 2010. When I visited Vancouver this summer for my vacation, I found that Canadians are hyper busy getting their community ready for visitors from all over the world.
The construction of the Olympic and Paralympic village is almost completed. The Olympic rings at the entrance of the city have already been assembled. The Olympics are a popular topic on the television news and the newspapers.
Vancouver is located in the British Columbia province in Canada. Some of the Olympic events will take place on Cypress Mountain. Most events will be held at Whistler, which is a mountain known for its challenging ski slopes and posh winter resorts. Whistler overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has beautiful waterfalls. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back.
Whenever I went to buy some delicious maple cream cookies at a store, I couldn’t help but notice all the Olympic souvenirs that were everywhere: commemorative coins, mugs, T-shirts, key chains, stuffed animals, books, hats, gloves, and just about anything you could imagine putting an Olympic logo on.
The lovable mascots on sale everywhere were inspired by the First Nations people of Canada. Sumi is an animal guardian spirit and represents the Paralympics. Miga is a fabled sea bear. Quatchi is the most adorable Sasquatch ever. These mascots are so adorable that their cute factor definitely competes with the charm of Uglydolls and Hello Kitty.
When the opening ceremony takes place, it will be the first time in Olympic history that the flame will be lit indoors, in a covered stadium. The torch will travel from Olympia, Greece to Vancouver through different forms of travel: on foot, by wheelchair, dog sled, airplane, snowmobile and horseback. It will also travel the longest distance in Winter Olympic history—even traveling over the North Pole! It so exciting, I can’t wait to watch it all on TV!
—Mariam El Hasan
PHOTO: (TOP) Kid Reporter Mariam El Hasan at Brandywine Falls, Whistler Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo Courtesy Mariam El Hasan
(BOTTOM) Vancouver 2010 mascots, Quatchi, Sumi and Miga start construction at the future
home of the 2010 Olympic Superstore in downtown Vancouver. The 2010 Olympic Superstore is scheduled to open this fall as the
one-stop shopping experience for all official licensed merchandise of
the 2010 Winter Games. Photo Courtesy 2010 Winter Olympic Games.