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Ollie the Penguin

In 1989 the Oval's official mascot, Ollie the penguin, was introduced to the world. His unveiling took place twice: once on Sept. 15 during a lunchtime public skating session, along with the University of Calgary mascot Dexter the Dinosaur; and again on Oct. 29 at the Olympic Oval Halloween party. 

The initial concept for Ollie came from 11th grade part-time Oval staff member Kristy (Elisha) Hawrys and he was developed into a mascot by Glen Street, owner of local Calgary props company Street Characters. His full name at his inception was Oil Can Ollie, but he was officially named Ollie. 

The new mascot had a very involved background story, which served to make him a true character. It was said he came to the Olympic Oval after hearing about the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and he swam all the way from Antarctica to see it. Because the distance was so great, it took him a year to reach his destination. When he finally arrived, like so many others, Ollie knew this was home!

Ollie has undergone several make-overs through the years, but he still lives at the Oval year round. He makes appearances during public skating, special events and ventures out into the community on a regular basis sharing his love of skating and the Olympic Oval, his adopted home. 

#PenguinPics

Here are just a few of the awesome #PenguinPics in our collection!

Catriona

Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 1998 (500m), 2002 (500m
Olympic Bronze medalist - 1998 (1000m)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Gagnon

Marc Gagnon

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 1998 (5000m relay), 2002 (500m & 5000m relay)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 1994 (1000m), 2002 (1500m)

Fred Blackburn & Éric Bédard

Olympic Short Track Skaters (CAN)
Blackburn
Olympic Silver medalist - 1992 (1000m) & 1992 (5000m Relay)
Bédard
Olympic Gold medalist - 1998, 2002 (5000m Relay)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (5000m Relay)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 1998 (1000m)

nesbitt

Christine Nesbitt

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 2010 (1000m)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (Team Pursuit)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Groves

Kristina Groves

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (1500m, Team pursuit), 2010 (1500m)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 2010 (3000m)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Jessica Gregg

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2010 (3000m Relay)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Tania Vicent

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN)
4x Olympic Silver medalist - 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 (3000m Relay)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Charles Hamelin

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 2010 (500m, 5000m Relay), 2014 (1500m)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (5000m Relay)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 2018 (5000m Relay)

Jeremy Wotherspoon

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Silver medalist - 1998 (500m)
Olympic Oval Hall of Champions Inductee

Denny Morrison

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 2010 (Team Pursuit)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (Team Pursuit), 2014 (1000m)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 2014 (1500m)

Ted-Jan Bloemen

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Gold medalist - 2018 (5000m, 10000m)

Valérie Maltais

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2014 (3000m Relay)

Ivanie Blondin

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2014, 2018)

Vincent De Haître

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2014, 2018)

Marsha Hudey

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2014, 2018)

Heather McLean

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2018)

Gilmore Junio

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2014, 2018)

Jamie Macdonald

Olympic Short Track Skater (CAN) (2018)

Isabelle Weidemann

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2018)

Kali Christ

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2014,2018)

Josie Morrison & Keri Morrison

Olympic Long Track Skaters (CAN) (2018)

Laurent Dubreuil

Olympic Long Track Skater (CAN) (2018)

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