Today is special.
Today is the official one-year countdown to a very momentous occasion for Canada… The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Today we saw the unveiling of the Torch Design and Torchbearers uniforms … and thank god – they are both great to look at!! I mean the uniforms for Torino were disastrous and embarrassing! A major fashion faux-pas… and The Hudson Bay Company learned their lesson this time by hiring qualified designers who truly did capture the spirit of VANOC and of Canada.
So officially… the Torch Relay kicks off Canada-wide in 8 months from now – October 30, 2009. It is the largest ever Olympic Torch Relay to take place in a single country in the history of the Olympics, covering more than 45,000 km, over 106 days. The official Olympic Flame will be lite in Athens on October 22, 2009, where it will make its way to Victoria, BC (the Capital city of British Columbia). It will visit more than 1,000 towns/cities/communities and over 90% of Canadians will be within at least an hour’s drive distance to be able to participate in the festivities. Check out the route – it truly is Coast to Coast to Coast, while making full ‘circle’ before returning to Victoria for the Opening Ceremonies. Check out the link here for more details Torch Relay Route
Here are some cool facts about the beautifully designed Torch and Uniforms.
Quick facts on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch design
Inspiration: The 2010 Olympic Torch’s design is inspired by Canada’s open landscape, vast potential and smooth, fluid lines left in the snow from winter sports. The torch is ergonomic, inclusive and easily handled by people of all ages, sizes and abilities. It is also equally comfortable to hold for right- or left-handed people. The torch is adaptable for travelling and can be attached to alternative modes of transportation such as dogsleds, boats and wheelchairs during the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.
- Colour/design: The winter white torch has a red maple leaf cut-out and the Games motto With Glowing Hearts/Des plus brillants exploits engraved on it. An inukshuk, the emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, also features prominently.
- Height: 94.5 centimetres/37.125 inches
- Weight: 1.6 kilograms/3.5 pounds (with fuel)
- Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum and sheet-moulding compound
- Burn time: at least 12 minutes (weather-dependent)
- Fuel: Blend of propane, isobutane and hydrocarbons. The burner produces a visible bright flame in all weather conditions
- Designer/manufacturer: VANOC and Bombardier
Torchbearer red mittens: These distinctive mittens are a nod to classic homemade Canadiana and the knitting skills of grandmothers across this country. Almost every Canadian can remember cherishing these laboured-over mitts made out of leftover yarn, with their brilliant colours. The red provides a touch of national pride, joining the torchbearer and the torch as one. On the palm of the mittens is a white maple leaf and on the outside are the five Olympic Rings. The maple leaf is readily visible to crowds when the torchbearers wave. The iconic, national symbol is located in the same place as on the gloves worn in 2006 by Canadian athletes competing in Torino.
The Olympic Torch Relay uniforms for 2010 were designed by renowned Canadian fashion designers Vivienne Lu and Tu Ly. The uniforms are white and accented with bright bursts of blue and green on the left arm of the jacket. The colour palette is inspired by the winter landscape and the multi-hued beauty of the dancing northern lights, as well as the breathtaking scenery of the Sea-to-Sky region. The uniforms also feature the Olympic rings on the back and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay emblem.