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Richmond sells Games gear on eve of Sochi Olympics

If there was something special in the air during the 2010 Winter Olympics, fans of the Games may be able to experience it once again.

On the eve of the 2014 Sochi Games, the City of Richmond is selling authentic 2010 street banners for $10 a pair. Many of them actually flapped in the wind around the Richmond Olympic Oval and O Zone celebration site, while others are surplus inventory.

“With the Sochi Games, the Olympics are very much on the minds of people,” said Ted Townsend, spokesperson for the city. “This is an opportunity for people to have a souvenir or memory of the Games.”

Each year the city organizes a street banner contest, where photographers and artists are invited to submit their designs. Old banners are sometimes sold or even made into bags, according to Townsend.

But the city’s Olympic stock of banners have been preserved with their Olympic glory intact. Townsend couldn’t say how many banners the city has, only that staff were taking inventory yesterday of “a fair number.”

Various 2010 Games designs are being offered: from bold blue-and-green banners to more subtle variations, along with Paralympic Games models.

Banners will be available for sale throughout the 2014 Games, subject to availability. Sales close March 14. Designs can be viewed at richmond.ca/banners, and ordered by calling 604-247-4453, e-mailing parks@richmond.ca or visiting the works yard at 5599 Lynas Lane.

The 2014 Winter Olympics take place Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia. Canada is sending 221 athletes to compete in 93 medal events.

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