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Sumi, the animal spirit (Vancouver 2010 Mascot)

Sumi, the Paralympic Games mascot, takes his name from the Salish (a language spoken by the Amerindian people of British Columbia) word “sumesh”, which means “guardian spirit”. This creature, which has the wings of a thunderbird, the paws of a black bear and an orca hat, lives in the mountains near Vancouver <br /><br />©IOC Nora Rupp

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