Beaches|Life
Past Issues:

Winter Olympic Games 2010

Winter Olympic Facts

  • The first Olympic Winter Games were held in 1924, in Chamonix, France.
  • Canada competed in the first Winter Games. Our men’s ice hockey team finished first and won Canada’s first gold winter Olympic medal. In its first four hockey games, Canada beat Switzerland 33–0, Czechoslovakia 30–0, Sweden 22–0 and Great Britain 19–2, before winning the tournament with a 6–1 victory over the U.S. in the final.
  • The sport of bobsleigh (an Olympic sport since 1924) didn’t begin until the late 19th century when the Swiss attached a steering mechanism to a toboggan.

Olympic Rings Facts

  • The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Every national flag in the world includes at least one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
  • Each ring also represents a focus of what the Olympics represents. Blue: Participation, Yellow: Competition, Black: Excellence, Green: Unity and Red: Hope.

2010 Olympic Facts at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games:

  • Approximately 2,500 athletes will compete in 15 sports and over 86 separate medal events.
  • The torch relay is the longest relay in Olympic history.
  • Ghana, Bahamas, Gabon and The Cayman Islands will make their debut at this year’s Winter Olympics.
  • This will be the third Olympics that Canada has hosted but the first in the province of British Columbia.
  • The security budget is about $900 million; over five times higher than the original estimate
  • The mascots for the Winter Olympics are Miga (a mythical sea bear) and Quatchi (a Sasquatch).
  • The Paralympics mascot is Sumi (an animal guardian spirit).