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  • B.C. Sports Hall of Fame Unveils Olympic Gallery


    (ATR) The five rings are back inside B.C. Place, ceremonies venue and Olympic Stadium for Vancouver 2010. 
    Mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi are frozen in time at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. IOC rules prohibit the costumes from being worn after the Games. (ATR)

    The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, located within, unveiled a gallery of 2,000 Vancouver 2010 artifacts upon its reopening earlier this month. The provincial sports shrine closed after the Games while the stadium underwent a $563 million renovation that included installation of a German-engineered retractable roof.

    The collection includes gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals; mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi; a podium from the B.C. Place nightly victory ceremonies; torches; the late Jack Poole’s Olympic Order; athlete uniforms and equipment and gifts to the host city from visiting National Olympic Committees. Pin collectors will marvel at the complete set of Vancouver 2010 pins gathered by the Sports Hall.

    “We've got the broadest, largest and most spectacular 2010 collection in the world – bar none,” Sports Hall president Sue Griffin tells Around the Rings.
    B.C. Sports Hall of Fame operations director Allison Mailer with a Vancouver 2010 Paralympic gold medal and curator Jason Beck with an Olympic gold medal. (ATR)

    The Vancouver 2010 Gallery includes five giant, colored ring display cases containing artifacts corresponding to venues, such as equipment or clothing used or worn by Canadian gold medallists Alexandre Bilodeau (moguls), Maelle Ricker (snowboardcross), Jon Montgomery (skeleton) and Hayley Wickenheiser (women’s hockey).
    There is a Sidney Crosby-autographed puck, but the one he used to score the gold medal-winning overtime goal on Feb. 28, 2010 is housed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
    Griffin said the Sports Hall has agreements with the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary as well as Vancouver Museum, and some artifacts will be shared among the facilities.

    One of the two torches used on the first leg of the domestic relay by triathlete Simon Whitfield is displayed near one of the three torches used to light the ceremonial cauldron at the climax of the opening ceremony. The latter is autographed by holder Nancy Greene-Raine along with Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash, Catriona Le May Doan and Rick Hansen.

    Hansen carried the flame into the stadium on his wheelchair but was not among the final four. Le May Doan was famously unable to light the cauldron when the fourth arm did not emerge from the false floor.

    Two dozen of the 84 nations that participated in the Games responded to requests from Sports Hall trustee Joanie McMaster and donated ceremonial uniforms.
    Some of the 24 team uniforms donated by the 84 NOCs that participated in the 2010 Games. (ATR)

    "Azerbaijan, they've got some good pants, just as good as the Norwegian curling crew,” operations director Allison Mailer told ATR during a preview tour.

    The most eclectic item is a pair of hand-carved, wood plank skis used by Pakistani alpine skier Muhammad Abbas as a child. Abbas finished 79th in giant slalom.

    A reopening gala is planned for Feb. 10 during a weekend to celebrate the second anniversary of Vancouver 2010.

    Written and reported in Vancouver by Bob Mackin.

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