Quatchi, Miga and Sumi celebrate six-month anniversary with more fun and games at vancouver2010.com

    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - Quatchi, Miga and Sumi, the trio of mascots
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, are celebrating
their six-month anniversary and over 130 live appearances with more mascot fun
and games at www.vancouver2010.com.
    The new features on the mascot website include an interactive desktop
download, 3D paper "print and fold" mascots that create small model versions
of each of the characters and a new video game, Quatchi's Shutout Shootout.
The game features Quatchi, whose dream is to be an Olympic goalie, practicing
blocking shots from Miga and Sumi while Mukmuk referees. Quatchi's Shutout
Shootout follows up on the popular website launch game Operation Recycle that
featured the sport of curling.
    The site also includes interviews with children and the mascot designers
from Meomi Design, who share some of their original sketches of the characters
and their idea of Mukmuk as the mascot's sidekick. Mukmuk has proven so
popular that the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is exploring ways to respond to the strong
public interest as part of the celebration of the mascot's first birthday on
November 27.
    The mascot website has been immensely popular in its first six months
with more than 1.8 million page views; over 230,000 views of the video page;
more than 52,000 plays of the Operation Recycle game; and 6,000-plus mascot
e-cards sent.
    During their first six months, the mascots have been busy making new
friends throughout British Columbia and the rest of Canada. Quatchi, Miga and
Sumi have made 136 appearances (more than 20 per month), visited 26
communities across Canada and made one international visit to the US.
    Highlights of their travels include meeting and being photographed with
thousands of Canadians, including Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Premier
Gordon Campbell and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In February they had three
particularly exciting adventures: celebrating the two-year countdown to the
2010 Winter Games and kicking off the volunteer recruitment program; arriving
at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games 20-year anniversary celebrations by
dogsled; and snow tubing at the Quebec Winter Carnival. A selection of their
favourite photos from their visits across the country is available for viewing
at www.vancouver2010.com.
    One of their early trips was a visit to Prince George as companions for
John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "Their presence was a highlight
of our day with John," said Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley. "Miga, Sumi and
Quatchi truly embody the warmth and open-hearted friendship of the Olympic and
Paralympic Games and we would love to have them come and see us again before
    The upcoming adventures of the Vancouver 2010 mascots include at least
seven Canada Day celebrations and a visit to the BC Summer Games in Kelowna -
just some of the approximately 30 live appearances planned to date during the
busy summer season. All public mascot appearances are listed one to two weeks
in advance at www.vancouver2010.com.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jason Macnaughton, VANOC Media
Relations, Tel: (778) 328-6734, Jason_macnaughton@vancouver2010.com

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