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139 days to go – Red Mittens and Skeleton!!

September 25, 2009

Vancouver 2010 Red Mittens - Your way to show our athletes your support!

Vancouver 2010 Red Mittens - Your way to show our athletes your support!

I cannot wait to get these!!  But even though I work at the Olympic Superstore I too have to wait like everyone else for October 1st to get my mitts on these Mittens!  The Red Mittens will be worn by all of the Olympic Torchbearers (all 12,000 of them!).  The Mittens will also be worn by Canadians cheering on the Torchbearers, the athletes and generally just to show our heart and spirit!  The knit Red Mittens have Vancouver 2010 and the Olympic Rings on the backs of the hands and a white maple leaf on each palm.  We will all be able to raise our hands together to show our support!

You can get your Mittens (starting October 1st) at the Olympic Superstore or other Olympic Stores (like at YVR), at, or at other Bay, Zellers, or Home Outfitters Stores across Canada!  All of the Celebration Communities along the Olympic Torch Relay route are also supposed to have them available to purchase!  So get out there and get yours!  The net proceeds from the sale of these Mittens go towards the Own the Podium 2010 program so besides cheering on our athletes, they also help to support them in their training to reach the podium!

According to the press release CTV will be doing a lot on September 30th to show the Mittens including kicking off “National Red Mittens Day”.  Now, I’m not entirely clear if the day is September 30th (that doesn’t make much sense to me, since most people cannot get Mittens yet) or if National Red Mitten Day is October 1st (at least we can buy them then).  But it sounds like on the 30th several CTV personalities (Tamara Taggart?  Pamela Martin?  Bill Good? and others??) will be wearing them throughout the day.  There is also going to be a 30-second ‘promotional spot’ on the Red Mittens which I will post a link to once it is on air!

Anyhow, Red Mittens are going to be big, and I can say they really are something special (yes I’ve seen them even though I can’t have any of my own yet) and I am really, really, really looking forward to wearing them and cheering on Canada!!!


The Mascots were up at Whistler today, and I have to post this picture because it is sooo cute!

The Mascots with Whistler's Inukshuk.

The Mascots with Whistler's Inukshuk.

I have not yet been able to confirm if the Mascots are coming to the Olympic Superstore Grand Opening on Thursday at noon or at a later date.  However, I’m going to go with their website for now and say that it is likely that they’ll be at the Superstore and I’m super excited about it!!

Oh!  And I’m not sure that my post last night really emphasized the excitement for the Canadian Olympic Committee on October 1st… the Olympic Superstore Grand Opening is also the reveal of the uniforms that our Olympic athletes will be wearing throughout the Games (except for the Ceremony and Podium outfits which will be revealed later).  As I understand it, members of Team Canada (athletes, coaches, etc) will be provided with their uniforms by HBC.  At Torino 2006 this was a 45-piece kit that included luggage.  As far as I’ve heard the Vancouver 2010 package is around a 65-piece kit also including luggage!!  And starting October 1st you can get your replica Team Canada apparel from the Olympic Superstore!!  (Come visit me, I’ll be working in the Canadian Olympic Committee area!! So happy!!).  And no, I have no pictures to show you of any of it as it is all TOP SECRET!!  We’re working hard to maintain the surprise of the new uniforms.  But I will say that I think that they’ll be a hit!!  I love the pieces I’ve seen so far!!



I realise that I don’t talk about the sports or athletes of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games nearly enough, so I am going to start trying to include them in posts more often, instead of what I have been doing, which is holding out for a day when I can talk about just the sport or the athlete.  There is too much going on now for that to work well enough to appeal to me.  So today I’m going to talk about Skeleton, mostly because it scares me silly but also because there are only two races (1 men’s and 1 women’s) so it’s fairly quick to talk about tonight.

Skeleton is derived from tobogganing in a track and involves sliding down a track head-first.  Many of the original tracks are in Switzerland and were built between towns, for example the Cresta Run between St. Moritz and Celerina; a 3/4 of a mile track with 10 turns that is still used today and hosted Skeleton Olympic competition in 1928 and 1948.  Skeleton was added permanently to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake 2002.  The sport gets its name from the sled that is used which, originally of metal, resembled a human skeleton.  The sleds today are built of fibreglass and metal.

Part of the Cresta Run - St. Moritz

Part of the Cresta Run - St. Moritz

Athletes must be good sprinters to get the best start, but with a sport that is measured electronically to 0.01 seconds, they must also find the best line through the track and steer smoothly while travelling face-first, downhill at speeds up to nearly 150 km/hour at the Whistler Sliding Centre (the same track as bobsleigh and luge).  There will be 4 heats for both men and women and each competitor will slide twice with the winner having the lowest combined time for both slides!

I am not sure if our Skeleton team for Vancouver 2010 has been officially announced yet (let me know if you know what’s up), but I do know that we have some athletes to watch!  For the guys – Jeff Pain got Silver at Torino in 2006!! (Duff Gibson won Gold but retired after the Olympics).  For the women,  Mellisa Hollingsworth who got Bronze in Torino in 2006 as well.  I think both Jeff and Mellisa will be trying for the Vancouver 2010 Games as well as several other athletes!  Anyhow, click the links to learn more about the Jeff and Mellisa or if you are an Olympic hopeful or athlete in Skeleton and would be willing to do an interview, drop me a line (  I’d love to learn more about your sport and I’m sure everyone else would too!

Mellisa Hollingsworth Torino 2006

Mellisa Hollingsworth Torino 2006

Jeff Pain

Jeff Pain

Thank you! Merci!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Nobase2010 permalink
    September 27, 2009 9:28 am

    I already got my red olympic mittens at Zeller in Brentwood mall, Burnaby. I guess they missed the memo regarding Oct 1.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      September 27, 2009 6:03 pm

      Rats! Rats! Rats! All of the boxes say “Do not display until October 1st” I wish people would read the boxes! Ah well. I hope you like them and will wear yours on October 1st! Still looking forward to getting mine!

  2. Ron & Lynn Livingston permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:47 pm

    Got our mittens today and will wear them with pride!!!!! ….. Go Athletes!!!

  3. Nelis permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:29 pm

    I was going to buy the red mittens until i say that they were made in China. Thats NOT really showing our Canadian pride as far as i’m concerned What happened to made in Canada.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      October 28, 2009 3:54 pm

      Hi Nelis,

      Thanks for your comment. I understand your concern regarding the Red Mittens and have certainly heard from many people that agree with you. I’m afraid I can’t offer much to say as I’m not sure who made the decision to have them made elsewhere, but I’m sure in the end it came down to keeping them affordable for everyone. I would like to say though that many of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team wear is made in Canada. This includes the CANADA t-shirts, the CANADA hoodies, some of the knitwear and other outerwear.

      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  4. October 31, 2009 11:42 am

    Best of luck to our Canadian Athletes!!!!!!!

  5. John Good permalink
    November 7, 2009 8:00 pm

    I was wondering where i can buy a couple pairs of those Red Mittens around where i live, in Northern Ontario ( Espanola area, McKerrow ) I ant to support those wonderful people who are pouring their hearts out to win a metal for Canada.. Way to go !!
    John Good

  6. John Good permalink
    November 7, 2009 8:01 pm

    I was wondering where i can buy a couple pairs of those Red Mittens around where i live, in Northern Ontario ( Espanola area, McKerrow ) I Want to support those wonderful people who are pouring their hearts out to win a metal for Canada.., Best of Luck & Way to go !!
    John Good

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      November 10, 2009 1:29 pm

      Hi John,

      I’m afraid it’s been difficult for many people to get Red Mittens lately… we sell them nearly as fast as they come into the Olympic Superstore! But you should be able to get them at any Bay, Zellers or Home Outfitters store across Canada, or you can try online at Hope that helps!!

      Cheers, Andrea

  7. RETA FREELAND permalink
    November 10, 2009 7:52 am

    I would like to purchase the adult ladies mittens and matching scarf.
    where can i buy them

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      November 10, 2009 1:25 pm

      Hi Reta – You should be able to get Red Mittens at all Zellers, Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. But they are selling really fast, we have trouble keeping them in stock at the Olympic Superstore in Vancouver. They will also apparently be for sale on a van traveling with the Olympic Torch, so you may be able to get them there. Or you can try online (the address is below).
      There isn’t really an official matching scarf, though there is a red scarf in the Team Canada Uniform pieces that may work for you. Check out to try to order Mittens and a scarf.
      Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!
      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  8. Julie permalink
    December 23, 2009 11:54 am

    all the mittens are sold out where do u find some that arn’t sold out??

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      December 23, 2009 12:11 pm

      Sorry Julie. I would love to be able to help you out but I just don’t know where to get Mittens right now. I have just heard that it is very unlikely that we’ll get any more at the Olympic Superstore before Christmas and I would say that’s probably the case for Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. There will be Red Mittens available in January though!


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