From this morning’s Vancouver Sun comes Todd Coyne’s depressing article, Mascots Quatchi, Sumi and Miga will never be ‘animated’ again.
I’m just gonna quote the whole sad story…
Fans of the lovable 2010 Olympic mascots Quatchi, Sumi and Miga will be crestfallen to learn that all but a handful of the life-size mascots have been rounded up and destroyed.
Vanoc has confirmed that, under the strict orders of the International Olympic Committee, 48 of the 61 cuddly characters created for the Vancouver Games were destroyed to the extent that there could be no possible reuse of the costumes’ raw materials.
While Vanoc’s vice-president of communications, Renee Smith-Valade, would not relay any of the grisly details of just how the mascots were “retired and disposed of,” when asked whether the mascots from Games past had been incinerated, she said, “I understand that some have been.”
Despite the official silence surrounding their destruction, four complete sets of the mascot trio and one lone Sumi have avoided an early demise and are now being held in official Olympics collections around the world.
According to Smith-Valade, two full sets are being kept locally by the 2010 Legacy Collection, one full set has gone to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, and one set went to the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum in Calgary. The solitary Sumi has gone to the International Paralympic Committee in Germany.
The IOC dictates that any surviving Olympic mascots must never again be “animated,” or worn, after the closing of the Games, according to Gladys Serafino, curator of Calgary’s Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum.
“We’ve had many requests over the years to have them be reanimated and come out for winter carnivals and even for our own 20th anniversary of the Olympics and they said, ‘No, they cannot be reanimated.'”
Serafino would not speculate on the fates met by the majority of Calgary ’88’s twin cattle-roping polar bears, Hidy and Howdy, after that city’s Winter Games.
Like Sumi, Quatchi and Miga, Calgary’s once-thriving population of Hidys and Howdys was culled following the 1988 Games to just four sets. Two of these sets reside behind glass at Calgary’s Olympic museum, one is at the Canmore museum and the other is at the IOC museum in Lausanne.
One ritual that is seemingly unique to Calgary’s mascot farewell was the distribution of a piece of one costume to every Hidy and Howdy “animator” from Calgary’s Bishop Grandin high school, said Serafino.
So much for the “green” Olympics.
Regular readers will notice our posts have slowed down significantly in the past several weeks, but what we said back at Olympics’ end still holds true: this blog will continue as long as interest in Quatchi does, as long as people collect Quatchi memorabilia, create Quatchi arts and crafts, bake Quatchi goods, and so forth.
Quatchi is dead… Long live Quatchi!