Monday, April 25, 2005

And we've got a... symbol

The committee for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics unveiled their symbol for the games over the weekend with much fanfare. The design (seen at left) certainly looks a lot different than what I was expecting —— something with a mountain (it is, after all, being held at Whistler) —— and you have to wonder how appropriate using a piece of Inuit artwork is when Vancouver is as far from polar climes as one can get in Canada.

In any event, this is one of the first pieces of putting together the games in my home province. Here's hoping that part of my future endeavors in journalism includes some coverage of these Games (although according to the Globe and Mail's William Houston, the Post's Cam Cole may be headed out West for that gig —— how's that for stiff competition).

UPDATE Not to say I told you so, but B.C.'s First Nations are upset over the selection of the Inuit symbol.

PS On another note, apologies for the dearth of posting, but I was in Montreal for the past few days. It was my first time there, and I must say it was pretty amazing. A highly-recommended destination.

9 Comments:

At 2:13 AM, April 25, 2005, Anonymous David said...

If they would have made the line go all the way through the head I would have though Trey Parker and Matt Stone did it. After all, that is what Canadians look like, no? ;)

 
At 7:01 PM, April 25, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

How about a big effing zero instead? Like, to represent how many golds Canada will get.

 
At 7:08 PM, April 25, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Won't happen Anders. Canada was fourth in the medal standings at Salt Lake and will be able to field more athletes as the home country. Don't expect a repeat of Calgary in '88, especially now that curling is good for two all on its own.

 
At 7:39 PM, April 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, you discovered the women and nightlife in Montreal, did you James? :-) That is indeed a fun city, especially if you are young and single.

That logo has to be the biggest blunder in marketing history. You have an Olympic games taking place in a city and region full of history and natural beauty, and for a logo you choose...an Inuit symbol? WTF? Am I missing something here? This is John Furlong's first major blunder.

 
At 8:30 PM, April 25, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

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At 8:33 PM, April 25, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

Woeful funding aside, Canadians simply love to choke on home soil. Montreal 1976? Big St-Viateur-style bagel job on the gold front. Calgary? Lizzie Manley was robbed. Dude, I had such a crush on her that I ate McCain's Superfries for a month just to look at her on the plastic packaging.
Okay, so I was ten. It was before music videos taught me about the female anatomy. Give me a break, brother.
Back to the point: You goretex-wearing west coasties can bask in Olympic glory and the crap that comes with it. Just remember we in the centre of the universe...I mean, Toronto, were screwed by His Corrupt Fascist Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch not once, but twice.
So enjoy sucking up the tax burden, you dirty hippies.
Oh, yeah, the symbol? Quit your whining. It looks fine.

 
At 11:55 PM, April 25, 2005, Anonymous David said...

Mirtle, you have the best Google Ad on the comments page:
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At 12:00 AM, April 26, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yeap, Andy from DFG's screwy comments are prompting interesting results from Google. Maybe this way more people will click the damn things — and now no one can accuse me of not playing to all audiences.

 
At 1:58 AM, April 26, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

That's my job, dog. Do the same for me, yo...

 

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