'88 Olympic mascots join Sports Hall of Fame

Olympian, Catriona Le May Doan with mascots Hidy and Howdy as the Olympic Oval and the University of Calgary marked the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Olympics

Credits: Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency


CALGARY - Calgary's Olympic mascots Hidy and Howdy have joined their Vancouver cousins in the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

The friendly faces of the Winter Games in 1988, are now part of the sports museum collection which also include Miga, Sumi and Quatchi, the mascots from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Hidy and Howdy came out of retirement recently to celebrate with the city and reminisce with Calgarians the memories created over the 16-day Games 25 years ago.

The mascot program had about 200 volunteers, including 120 actors and actresses, 60 chaperones and 20 keepers assigned to maintain 22 sets of costumes.

Lane Kranenberg, mascot committee chairman, said when the Games were over, a pair of the mascots were donated to Switzerland, to Canmore, a couple to the old sports museums in Calgary and the rest were cut up and were given to the volunteers.

Unknown to many, Kranenberg kept a pair in his attic and when the 25th anniversary of the Games was approaching, he and pal Jerry Joynt, former vice-president of communications for the organizing committee, thought of taking Hidy and Howdy out of retirement.

Joynt said the pair was as popular 25 years ago as when they graced the massive party more than two weeks ago.

Hidy and Howdy will now become part of the education and youth programs of the museum and may also be featured in satellite exhibits and outreach programs.

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