New Olympic Statue is Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Olympic statue_VancouverA bronze sculpture of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, was officially unveiled Saturday afternoon on Cordova Street near Thurlow, Vancouver.
The statue is a gift from the ancient city of Olympia.
Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Thurlow and Cordova for the official unveiling of the statue.
Olympia has been giving versions of the statue — which stands 3.8 metres tall and weighs about 900 kilograms — to Olympic host cities since 1996.
The statue, which is worth about $500,000, was given to Vancouver by the Greek city of Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games. It was created by Greek artist Pavlos Angelos Kougioumtzis.
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.”