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Local speed skater presented with Olympic mascot

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VANCOUVER -- A Utah athlete received a special gift from NBC's Meredith Viera prior to Friday's Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Previously on NBC's "Today," local speed skater Catherine Raney Norman took show host Meredith Viera on a tour of the Olympic Village. Friday we learned Meredith bought Catherine a huge stuffed Quatchi mascot.

Catherine showed it to KSL and said she plans to use it to raise funds for sports programs during the Steve Young Ski Classic at Snowbird.

"This year on March 27, he (Quatchi) will be auctioned off. We hope that everyone comes out and tries to get Quatchi," she said.

Catherine will compete this weekend in the Women's 3000 Meter. This is her fourth Olympics. Her first was in 1998 when she was 17 years old.


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