Monthly Archives: March 2010

Quatchi’s Spring Cleaning!

Here’s a bunch of odds ‘n’ ends we’ve accumulated over the last few months that haven’t quite fit into previous posts, such as…

Queen Latifah bought a plush Quatchi at the Whistler luge track, according to Follow the Flame…

Kelowna.com reprinted Quatchi’s February 20 diary entry

A reporter from Montana dubs the illness she experienced during her Vancouver visit Quatchi’s Revenge

This is how Urban Dictionary defines Quatchi. While it sounds like utter nonsense, it may explain this photo

(UPDATE Or this one.)

In the essay Where Is Quatchi?, Canadian poet Priscila Uppal explains why she doesn’t like the mascots…

A funny anecdote from the March 5 Vancouver Province

A random great moment from the games: Quatchi arrives, unannounced, in the Main Press Centre. He’s big, he’s furry, he’s friendly. But he’s hated by at least one writer.

The guy, who’s pretty much the same size as the mascot, mutters: “If that f______ thing comes near me …”

At that moment, as if beckoned, Quatchi makes a beeline for the writer. Flustered, the man grabs his computer and flees. Quatchi pursues. A moment later, they’re both out of sight.

A February 26 article from the Winnipeg Free Press confirmed what we already know: Quatchi is easily the most popular Olympics mascot

Also from the Free Press, this March 16 article talks about how Quatchi and Miga were quietly retired at Olympics’ end, while Sumi is the star of the Paralympics, which end today. The story quotes VANOC spokesperson Maureen Douglas, saying “When the Games finish up, we say goodbye to the mascots… It would be a very rare occasion that they would appear again.” Sad. However she mentions that VANOC is considering putting sets of the mascot costumes in locations around Canada so people could still see them…

I’ve found many pictures of this Quatchi/Miga statue/sled display at the Samsung pavilion, but it wasn’t there the night we were (photo by Sweet One)…

Whoa — you can buy yourself a $250 Vancouver 2010 Olympics mascot Plush Quatchi Mascot costume — caveat emptor, people…

The little icon separating the items was found here.

— Steve

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Quatchi Fan Art #21

Thanks, J. Ho!

— Steve

Quatchi’s Sport of the Day: Ice Sledge Hockey!

— Steve

Quatchi Swelters!

From yesterday’s Globe and Mail comes this illustrated piece about several possible mascots for the Pan American Games in Toronto this summer. Here’s how Quatchi stacks up…

Pros: Not only is he recognized and loved by millions of potential overseas visitors, but brand-development capital, focus groups and trademarks are already paid for, making Quatchi cost less than 10 per cent of an original mascot.

Cons: A forest-dwelling alpine creature, Quatchi cannot tolerate the heat and humidity of a Toronto summer and will be able to promote the games only from walk-in freezers or the polar bear exhibit at the zoo.

They give Quatchi a 6% likelihood of becoming the PanAm mascot.

— Steve

Quatchi Fan Art #20

Thanks, Iarebored!

— Steve

Quatchi’s Sport of the Day: Biathlon!

— Steve

Your Attention Please: superquatchi!

Superquatchi is a new blog by an anonymous Vancouverite (apparently also named superquatchi) who loves collecting Quatchi stuff and other Olympic souvenirs, particularly pins. My favorite on the site so far is actually this Mukmuk pin:

Anyway, superquatchi is now listed on our blogroll — we’re sure they’d love to hear from you!

— Steve