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New Olympic statue is unveiled in downtown Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Olympics in Vancouver have long been over, but ‘Nike’ the Greek goddess of victory has finally landed Vancouver.

Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Thurlow and Cordova for the official unveiling of the statue on Saturday afternoon.

The statue is a gift from the ancient city of Olympia, and was designed by a renowned Greek sculptor Pavlos Angelos Kougiomtzis.

The Consul General for Greece, Ilias Kremmydas, says the new statue represents a triple victory. “It is a victory for the city of Vancouver, who joined the exquisite club of Olympic host cities four years ago,” says Kremmydas. “It is also a victory for Greece, strengthening its ties to Canada, and Vancouver in particular. The statue is a huge victory for the connecting link between Vancouver and Greece.”

Why did it take so long to get to Vancouver? Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the main reason for the delay is the city’s desire to place it near Jack Poole Plaza.

“A lot of structural work to put a statue like this close to the Olympic cauldron, and working with the community, took some years to sort out all the details.”

The statue’s permanent home is steps away from the cauldron.