The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are upon us, bringing us the spectacle and grandeur that is the opening ceremony. As we know, amid the pomp, pageantry, vibrant music and bright lights remain some fairly audacious uniforms.
However, we can bring a bit more of the spotlight onto some uniforms that are just about screaming for attention. Some are downright classy while others move the needle of sartorial sensibilities to other more fun extremes.
Let's begin with a more familiar color scheme, namely the red, white and blue of Team USA.
Here is a look at the opening ceremony wardrobe:
The Los Angeles Times' Booth Moore has more on the outfits that, while muted underneath the sweater, will stand out because of the loud wool cardigan that aims to keep the athletes warm.
The best part, as Moore writes, is that every bit of the wardrobe is made in America.
The sweater, for example, started with wool from a sheep farm in Oregon, then went to Pennsylvania to be spun, then to North Carolina to be dyed, and then to California to be sewn by a family-owned factory.
Some might find the uniforms a tad noisy, but they pair well with the cream turtleneck and pants. However, if you want your own, you are going to pay a premium.
As Bleacher Report's Ken Chin points out, decking yourself out in the same manner will cost you upward of $2,218.
It's hard to get a handle on what Team Russia will exactly wear into Fisht Stadium on Friday. While their overall uniforms will feature a somewhat muted red and white theme with "RU" emblazoned on the front, there are some that report we might see something more lavish to kick off the Olympics.
Ria Novosti's report has this description of the Bosco Sport uniforms: "For the opening ceremony, however, more subdued black and burgundy velvet blazers with a Russian crest are in favor, and overall, the Russian uniforms appear to be toned down a notch from the red-and-white swirled costumes that made several publications’ picks for the worst of London 2012’s wear."
Russia Beyond the Headlines' Anna Kozina noticed these far more noticeable uniforms presented in December, highlighted by fur-trimmed coats highlighting red and blue down jackets.
Regardless, Russia will make a statement when they enter the ceremony.
Norwegian athletes are winning before embarking on any events, because these outrageous outfits are sure to get fans tweeting all through the night.
As ABC News notes, these brave gentleman are part of the Norwegian curling team, so they are more than likely donning their uniforms for the Games. We can only hope the rest of the Norway contingent wear something similarly outlandish.
Title of warmest heads of the night might just be those of the Czech Republic athletes. However, brightest uniforms certainly go to Germany.
Via a press release noted in the report, "the color palette reflects 'the Sochi landscapes;' turquoise is for the waters of the Black Sea, yellow for the sun and sand, green for palm trees, and white for snow in the Caucasus mountains."
Either way, they have our attention.
Of course, this is just a sample of what to expect. We certainly hope Norway doesn't disappoint in the color department. And we are sure to get a surprise from many other countries filling the night with vibrant uniforms that will only add to the festivities.
If these are any indication, this is going to be a grand ceremony that will lead to a great deal of fashion debate. If other opening ceremonies are any indication, social media will be buzzing well into the night with opinions as wide-ranging as the outfits on these athletes.
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