Shot with the Canon SD960 IS.
If you Google “Olympic Red Mittens” you will find hundreds of websites dedicated to selling one of the popular souvenirs of the 2010 Games. The mittens are so popular that Official Olympic Store online is currently out-of-stock and sellers on Ebay are offering the $10 mittens at prices as high as $30.
Since I’ve kind of fallen in love with the Olympic Games since witnessing the awe-inspiring Opening Ceremonies pre-show on Monday, I’ve been on a mission to find a pair of those elusive red mittens.
I figured the best place to find them would be at the Official Olympic store at the Hudson’s Bay Company downtown. What I hadn’t planned on was waiting outside the store for ten minutes just to get in the door.
Once inside the store, I was instantly lured into the plush toy section where I made friends with a rather curious Sasquatch named Quatchi. Though we didn’t speak the same language, we bonded over the loud, annoying noises we could make with cow bells.
We spent many hours searching through Canadian hockey jerseys, slippers, furry hats, mousepads, and flasks of maple syrup. Any and anything they could smack an Olympic logo onto they did, including doggy rain wear! w00f!
Finally, I found my very own pair of red mittens! It was another lengthy wait to buy them, but it was well worth it. I slipped my hands in the fleecy warmth and headed out on the downtown streets to cheer on my fellow Vancouverites who are stuck in traffic due to Olympic road closures.