Follow my journey as a Students Live reporter through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Official Commemorative Book

Only a few days ago, I received an email from my good buddy John Furlong. His note was informing me (along with a few of our other friends) that this week VANOC released the Vancouver 2010 souvenir book called:

"With Glowing Hearts: The Official Commemorative Book of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games/Des plus brillants exploits: Le livre commmoratif officiel des XXIes Jeux olympiques dhiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques dhiver"

In less than a week it is said to already be a Canadian Bestseller. VANOC says it has already received 14,000 orders and is expecting to clear out its first 17,500 prints.

This is a 400 page book of the Games' greatest pictures, quotes and memories; perhaps Sidney Crosby's golden goal might be mentioned?

Here's a note from the publisher: In 2010, Vancouver and Whistler will host 17 days of Olympic Winter Games competition (February 12-28) and 10 days of Paralympic Winter Games competition (March 12-21). With Glowing Hearts will be the single most powerful visual representation of those 27 days of sport - an exclusive publication capturing the true spirit of the Games, as told through breathtaking photographic images and captions that bring the reader right back to the "field of play" and all the Games action. The book will showcase the raw emotion and pure excitement of the Games - a volume to be treasured by all Games enthusiasts wishing to savour the Vancouver 2010 experience long after the competition ends. The first time an official commemorative book of the Games sanctioned by the Organizing Committee has been widely available to the general public, With Glowing Hearts will truly be a Games keepsake.

I hear there's even a quote from my own buddy John; I'm heading to Chapters to pick up a copy. Or you can order online!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Introducing- Wenlock and Mandeville!

As the end of the school year is rolling around and exam stress is piling up, there's light at the end of the tunnel: only 785 days until London 2012! I don't know about you, but I can't wait; I'm hoping to go volunteer in England!

There has been quite a lot of discussion regarding the 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville who were unveiled a few weeks ago. I personally love their British names, but their appearance however, I'm not so keen. To me, they resemble teeth, or dentist friends.

People are wondering if the 2012 Games are being hosted by Japan judging by their mascots. However if you remember back to when our 2010 mascots were unveiled people complained about how Asian they looked as well. I think that almost every Canadian grew to love Sumi, Miga and Quatchi so who knows what could happen with the London fellows.

Wenlock the Olympic mascot and Mandeville the Paralympic mascot came into being from steel being manufactured in Bolton for the Olympic Stadium.

Just like our beloved Vancouver mascots, these guys have a story behind their creation too; with a little bit of a different theme. I'm interested to see if the hearts of the Londoners will open up to Wenlock and Mandeville like us Canadians did with Miga, Quatchi and Sumi.

What do you think?