Olympic memories at MOV
Published Saturday, February 8, 2014 3:35PM PST
Last Updated Saturday, February 8, 2014 6:29PM PST
While history is being made in Sochi, the curators of the Museum of Vancouver are sitting on some golden memories of their own.
More than 2,000 artifacts from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games are currently stored in the museum, representing a piece of the city’s recent past.
Some of the items are storied, such as the lucky loonie from the Pacific Coliseum, where skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and others competed. Also in the collection is the torch that Wayne Gretzky carried, the Olympic mascot costumes and the famous red mittens. Even the bid book used to seal the deal and bring the Winter Games to the West Coast is part of the collection.
Still more items represent the other side of the Olympics, such as protest signage and anti-Olympics mascots like a stuffed cockroach, a rat, and a bedbug.
Currently, the items are only available for virtual viewing through the museum’s website, but plans are in the works to put them on display in the future.
To view the collection, visit www.museumofvancouver.ca.
With a report from CTV Vancouver's Maria Weisgarber.