Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

 

The 2010 Vancouver winter games begin tonight as the most talented athletes from each nation parade into the opening ceremony. The infamous Olympic torch is officially on its 106th day of its relay, which will end once the cauldron is lit tonight. Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger ran with the torch as well as a mix of athletes from across the world. Vancouver local, Cynthia Langan said, “I live in Vancouver, so I am very proud of our city. It is nice to see the different people and cultures coming together.” 

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Vancouver with the Olympic Torch

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Vancouver with the Olympic Torch

 

Though I didn’t see Cynthia Langan, I can take a guess that she was wearing the official 2010 Winter Olympics red mittens. Because as of December 16th, 1 in every 34 Canadians was wearing the maple leaf heart imprinted gloves. In total, more than a million pairs of gloves were sold before 2010 even leapt into action. 

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Red Mittens

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Red Mittens

 

Olympics and global sourcing vice-president, Mark Kinnin said, “We’ve also seen remarkable sales of our official 2010 Canadian Olympic Team apparel. It’s wonderful to see Canadians excited about the Games, our athletes and showing pride in their country.” 

Unfortunately, there have already been impersonators in the room. Like with all retail items in high demand, fakes have been made. This awesome image from the official Vancouver 2010 Olympics depicts real fans in the Olympic spirit sporting official merchandise; however, their stale friend is in rip-off Olympic gear. 

2010 Vancouver Olympics Rip-Off Merchandise

2010 Vancouver Olympics Rip-Off Merchandise

 

The Promotional Products Association International also added in their two cents about promotional Olympic products. “As a spectator, whether you are viewing the games at home or in person, promotional products are among the first things you notice,” said PPAI board chair, Sherri Lennarson. “Apparel and souvenirs with the iconic rings, host city logos and designs from participating countries help create the sense of team spirit and unity associated with the Olympic Games.” 

Check out my favorite promotional picks for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get them all at the official Olympic Store. What are your favorites? 

2010 Winter Olympics Silver Maple Charm

2010 Winter Olympics Silver Maple Charm

 

This beautiful charm is shaped like a maple leaf, signature to Canada and includes the unique 2010 Vancoucer Olympics logo. 

Mario and Sonic Olympic Winter Games for Wii

Mario and Sonic Olympic Winter Games for Wii

 

This fantastic Olympic inspired Wii game would be a ton of fun between major events. 

Olympic Robson glass

Olympic Robson glass

 

Lastly, I include this cool Olympic logo imprinted glass. Something about it really puts me in the mood for a cocktail and some figure skating.