Now that the Beijing Summer Olympics are winding down, I've been looking through the event schedule for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I know, it's ridiculously early, but I'm always curious where figure skating fits in. Looks like the order is pairs, men, ice dancing and ladies. (link to schedule).
I've also been noticing the emblem for the Vancouver Games now that I'm constantly on the Vancouver2010 site. Now we've seen the Beijing Summer Olympics emblem (see right) a lot in the past few weeks -- it's called "Chinese Seal, Dancing Beijing" and incorporates a dancing athlete, the meaning of red in China (luck, life and a new beginning), the character jing from Beijing (I just found that out), calligraphy, a whole host of other Chinese symbolism, and, I have to say, it's a pretty darn good emblem.
For the 2010 Winter Olympics, there is an equally interesting emblem that tells a story. For centuries, the Inuit people of Canada’s Arctic stacked rock in human form to create the inukshuk, a guidepost that provided direction across the vast horizons of the North (see right). The Vancouver Games will be represented by a modern interpretation of the inukshuk called Ilaanaq, the Inuit word for "friend." The emblem (see below) is comprised of five stone-like formations in vibrant colors that are found throughout Canada. The green and blues represent the forests, mountains and islands. Red represents Canada's maple leaf of course, and gold represents the sunrises and mountain peaks. Each stone is supported by each other to make up the whole, so Ilaanaq is also representative of the the teamwork that is needed to hold the Olympics. What a nice story!