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Canadian Olympic Committee unveils team mascot

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According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Friday, the new Canadian Olympic mascot was launched.

The mascot is a beige moose called Komak, who wears a white Canadian Olympic Committee shirt and red shorts. The moose also has bright red antlers and black shoes. It will be part of the Canadian contingent that will participate at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

According to Canadian Geographic Magazine, the moose is the largest animal in the deer family. It weighs between 550-700 kilograms and normally lives between 15-25 years. Moose are also outstanding athletes as they can run faster than 50 kilometres per hour (without anabolic steroids or human, or shall I say, deer growth hormone), and rely on their sense of smell because of their bad vision.

Canadian Olympic gold medalists Cheryl Pounder of Montreal and Sami Jo Small of Winnipeg attended the press conference in Hamilton. Pounder and Small were teammates on Canada's gold medal winning women's hockey team at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Small also was on the Canadian team that won gold at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Another Canadian Olympic medalist who attended the press conference was Jason Burnett of Toronto, who won a silver medal in trampoline at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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